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A great turnout for Active Boston

Active Boston, funded by Boston Big Local, has been praised by both stallholders and the public as a fantastic success.

Drawing an estimated 2,000 visitors, the free festival of sport and health, provided over 45 attractions including a climbing wall, free bound and half pipe, bouncy castle, wheelchair basketball and walking netball. Have-a-go sessions organized by Boston Amateur Boxing Club, Boston Indoor Bowls Club and other local sports clubs also proved popular at Friday's outdoor event in Central Park.

A variety of health-themed stalls were also on hand to provide advice, including the Lincolnshire Co-operative health pod which was kept busy throughout the day completing lots of BMI, cholesterol and blood pressure checks.

The climbing wall and the wheelchair basketball proved particularly popular, with an average wait of 45 minutes for the climbing wall. Alex Mulligan, from Active Lincolnshire, who organized the wheelchair basketball said: "I thought the event was really good, very busy from 10.30am throughout and the engagement we had was brilliant."

The fantastic displays from TJ Gymnastics, involving 17 local gymnasts aged 6 to 18, were also a big draw attracting a good crowd. Coach, Nicole Hayes said: "The displays had resulted in more youngsters expressing an interest in visiting their premises at Riverside Industrial Estate." It was as a similar story over at the Boston Amateur Boxing Club stand where Rod Crozier, a coach from the club, said they were very pleased with the level of interest shown.

The healthy eating demonstration was also doing brisk business. Jack, from Cook Connect, said they had been very busy, with visitors taking away lots of healthy recipe cards.

Pensioner Roger Smith relaxing in Central Park with his friend Stan summed up what many visitors felt saying: "It was a good event, with lots of things for people to do."

All of the attractions were provided free of charge courtesy of Boston Big Local.

Ian Farmer, Boston Borough Council's, partnerships and sustainability manager said: "We are very grateful to Boston Big Local for their support."

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