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Medal gift joins council regalia

A small but significant medal has joined the display of civic regalia in Boston Borough Council's showpiece display cabinet thanks to the kindness of a grateful resident.

Stephen Pettit planned to give the medal, made to commemorate the opening of the council's Municipal Buildings in 1904, to joint deputy leader of the council, Cllr Raymond Singleton-McGuire as a thank you after he helped him with a personal difficulty.

Mr Pettit had purchased the medal which had previously been owned by a man in Leicestershire.

Cllr Singleton-McGuire agreed with Mr Pettit that a better idea would be for the medal to join the council's official regalia collection in the display cabinet in the council chamber in Municipal Buildings. A duplicate medal was already on show in the cabinet. Mr Pettit's donation means both sides can now be displayed at once.

On one side the medal depicts the frontage of the building in West Street and on the reverse it bears the words "In commemoration of the opening of the Municipal Buildings, Boston, Joseph Cooke, Mayor, June 16, 1904".

Mr Pettit said: "I thought it should return home - better than it being locked away in a drawer."

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Stephen Pettit, left, present the medal to Cllr Singleton-McGuire in front of the civic regalia cabinet where it has now made its home

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The two sides of the commemorative medal