Boston beach days - make a date... for next seven years?
The first of this year's two beach days in Boston's Central Park have been hailed a success, despite changeable weather, and funding may be in place for the next seven years.
The free event will be back again tomorrow (Friday, August 4, 10am to 3pm) and then the beach will stay in place for the rest of the month.
Tomorrow there will once again be donkey rides, bouncy castles, circus skills, games, competitions and beach-related arts and crafts, all for free and the weather forecast is looking good.
Boston Big Local is funding the event, which is supported by partner agencies - Mayflower Housing, Boston Children's Centre, Transported Arts and Boston United in the Community.
Beach Days organiser, Fran Taylor of Boston Borough Council, said: "We've had a great first day, despite the changeable weather. People have just carried on regardless. Children have played together in the sand all day long. It's such a simple pleasure - building sandcastles, knocking them down and starting all over again - but they love it.
"All the other attractions have been busy, especially the bouncy castles and the donkey rides. There have been queues for them all day long."
Richard Tory, chairman of Boston Big Local which has funded the beach days, said: "It's been another success. It ticks all our boxes as a community event and there will definitely be funding for it for next year and it's looking good for six more years after that.
"It's so good to see the mix of all ages and nationalities enjoying themselves all together."
Logan Beckett (1) played in the sand while his older brothers had fun in Central Park's playground. Mum Kimberley and grandmother Alicia stumbled across the beach day by accident. They had come from Tattershall to Boston to shop, as they often do, and brought the children into the park to play before heading home.
Alicia said: "It's a wonderful event and we will certainly look out for it next year."
Amelia Murphy (3) and Evie Bulmer (4) had been brought to the beach days from Sutterton after their parents heard about it via Facebook.
And it was a whole day of fun for Theo (1) and Deliah (3) Rickett and Emily (6) and Charlie (2) Harron from Wigtoft and Heckington.
Biggest kid on the beach was Aiden Read (27) from Boston, shoes and socks off, trousers rolled up and unashamedly having fun with his two year old son Isaac - an old hand; Isaac came last year, too.