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Bronze plaque marks end of major Market Place works

The unveiling of a plaque at the iconic Five Lamps in Boston has marked the completion of major works in the Market Place.

Back row, from left, Steve Lumb, Boston Borough Council's head of planning and strategy, Kevin Hall, higher executive officer DCLG, Michelle Targett, ERDF contract manager, Phil Drury, Boston Borough Council deputy chief executive; front row, from left, Amanda Bond, senior development officer, economic infrastructure, Lincolnshire County Council, Cllr Peter Bedford, leader of Boston Borough Council, Cllr Derek Richmond, Boston Borough Council portfolio holder for the town centre, and Andy Wharff, area highways manager, Lincolnshire County Council.

The bronze plaque, fixed to the base of the Five Lamps, records the completion of the project with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council and Boston Borough Council.

The £2 million refurbishment has seen development of a new, open, shared public space which reintroduced the historic Five Lamps in the shape of a faithful re-creation of the former structure.

Attending Friday's (November 9) event was Kevin Hall, from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), who said the scheme was a significant investment by the ERDF in Boston, working in partnership with the county and borough councils.

Mr Hall revealed he chose to become involved in the project when he saw it in a list of schemes so that he could use his local knowledge - he was born at Kirton Fen and attended Kirton Primary School and Boston Grammar School.

Michelle Targett, ERDF contract manager, said the new-look Market Place would attract investment and business to the area.

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The bronze plaque attached to the Five Lamps in Boston Market Place