Help light Boston up this Christmas
The Christmas in Boston community team is aiming to make the town lights display even bigger and better this year - with your help.
Electricians and supporters have been busy behind the scenes throughout the summer months, making and preparing the lights and festive displays.
They now want to hear from businesses which would like an illuminated Christmas tree for their premises, or some other festive display. And a crowd funding page for public donations can be found at www.christmasinboston2018.co.uk and the Christmas in Boston 2018 Facebook page.
Boston Borough Council will match fund everything they raise up to a maximum of £10,000 for Christmas 2018 and again for 2019 from the migration fund.
The stunning town centre display drew admiring comments last year. This year a few additional surprises are being planned.
In addition to two community Christmas trees in the town, there will be other festive features on the roundabout on the Boardsides near Ringrose Solicitors and on the roundabout sponsored by Johnson's Garden Centre at the Bargate end of town.
There will be two light switch-ons as in previous years on Thursday November 29. One will be in the Market Place at 6.30pm when the main Christmas tree near The Ingram Memorial will be the main focus, then another for Pescod Square. Lights will continue all the way through to Memorial Gardens, where the entrance archway will carry a display. There will also be memorial lanterns available to buy from Boston Stump.
Children will decorate their own bauble to be hung on the community trees. The Christmas in Boston Community group is buying 500 flashing LED light wands to hand out to children on the switch-on night.
During the switch-on night, there will be a fourth big Illuminate parade by arts organisation Transported, live entertainment in the Market Place and a Christmas Market organised by Boston Borough Council extending from the Market Place to Wide Bargate.
This year's lanterns in the parade are to be carried by schoolchildren, will use new-style lighting technology to make them the most beautiful yet.
The Christmas in Boston group is essentially the same group which provided last year's lights and includes local electricians - Andrew Lovelace, group chairman, of Lovelace Electrical, Julian Ross Thompson, of JES Electrical, Adrian Hewerdine, of Hewerdine Electrical, David North, of D R North Electrical, Mick Small, of MS Electrical and MS Events and Robert Booth, the group's health and safety officer.
Mr Lovelace explained that the electricians are giving their time and expertise for free to assemble the lights, but funding will be required for the time needed for installation and removal of the displays.
He paid tribute to the non-electrician volunteers who he said were committing hours of free time to the project - Julie Perrot for the photos, artwork and Facebook social media posts, Tony Cammack of Cammacks, James Gleeson of Wilcox and Carter and Andrea Maude of Maude's Jewellers, Boston shopkeepers involved on the sponsorship front. Also, Becky Wood of Becky Wood Web Design who has put together a website and funding page for donations.
Mr Lovelace said: "We would like to get even more shop keepers on board this year and will be pleased to hear from any who want to sponsor a tree for the front of their premises or have a different idea on how they could light up their business frontage. We are also looking for sponsors for next year's event as this is a long-term project.
"We would like to say a big thank you to the volunteers from different communities who have come forward to help." Mr Lovelace added.
Trees for businesses have been reduced from last year's £95 charge to just £50 this year. If a bracket has not already been fitted there will be an additional £10 charge.
Interested businesses should visit www.facebook.com/groups/ChristmasInBoston2018/for more information or collect a form from Cammacks or Wilcox and Carter in Wide Bargate. The website address for Christmas in Boston www.christmasinboston2018.co.ukhas a link for Just Giving for public donations.
Christmas in Boston has already held a number of its own fundraising events, organised by Mick Small of MS Events. Christmas in Boston pens, which were kindly donated by Publicity Pens are still available at £2 each from various outlets in the town. See the Christmas in Boston 2018 Facebook page for more information. Christmas postcards will also available from next month at £1 for two.
Some of the Christmas in Boston team at work
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