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Rewards for Boston's "famous five" - certificates, kebabs and Champagne

Boston's "famous five" were heaped with praise for their bike rack bending services when they received certificates of commendation from the Mayor in the borough council chamber on Monday night.

Then the team were treated to kebabs and champagne at the Boston Delight takeaway shop, right next to the scene of their exploits.

The five became a world-wide internet sensation when Boston Borough Council released CCTV footage of their 3am efforts to mend a broken bike rack.

A council CCTV operator recorded their activities on a town centre camera when they set about the metal bicycle rack. They used their muscle to unbend the previously-damaged thick metal hoop which had been twisted almost down to the ground.

They wrestled for 13 minutes to straighten the stand, taking great care to be sure, once they got it moving, that they got it perfectly upright.

Since the video footage was released it has gone viral, being viewed by around three million people.

Mayor, Cllr Paul Kenny, said the lads had shown they were public-spirited, portrayed Boston in a good light to the world and raised a smile in the borough and across the planet.

One of the five, Martin Griggs (24), said they had been astounded at the fame they had achieved for doing something which began as "a bit of a laugh".

Asked by the Mayor whether they had any other missions in mind, Dean Mason (23) said they were waiting for their superhero capes to be delivered first.

Cllr Kenny said: "You're not sure what you are going to do for your next trick, but before you do, come and have a word with us first."

Dean, Martin, Simon McMillan (23), Dan Butler (23) and Jordan Doughty (23) received applause from councillors before being treated to a free meal by the owner at the Boston Delight kebab shop, next to the bike rack in Boston Market Place. Mohammad even produced bottles of Champagne to complement their meals.

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