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Children getting ready to light up the town

Preparations for this year's Illuminate Parade on the evening of Thursday, November 23, in Boston Market Place are gathering pace.

Children from two classes at St Thomas', two from  Boston West and one class each from Wyberton and Wrangle primary schools and Giles Academy are creating spectacular new lanterns for the parade, to follow the stunning ships, stars and birds of previous years.

There will also be open making sessions at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Centre activity room on Sunday, October 15, and then Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 212, 10am and 3pm. Anyone can come as long as they are free to attend the Illuminate procession itself. Places on these workshops need to be booked, so to book yours, email

There are still opportunities for musicians to play in the procession as well, preferably wind or brass instruments - please email to express an interest.

As well as the Illuminate Parade, Thursday, November 23, will see the Boston Christmas Market return. Festive treats and gifts can be purchased while watching the evening entertainment which will host Cinderella and Kenny J performances. The newly-formed community group, Christmas In Boston, will turn on the Christmas lights. They have worked hard to secure funding for from local businesses to light the town.

A Festive Market has also been added to this year's calendar on Sunday, December 17, hosting a free screening of the popular family firm Elf in the Stump in the afternoon.

Illuminate is a partnership event organised by Transported, Boston Borough Council and Mayflower 400.  For more information, visit and

It celebrates the story of the Pilgrims, which will lead up to the international celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower in 2020.  

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