Mayor switches lights on... more to come
Boston got into the festive spirit on Friday night when its Christmas lights were switched on by Mayor Cllr Paul Kenny. He performed the switch-on in Pescod Square when stars from TV soap Emmerdale were delayed.
Boston Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Paul and Mrs Pam Kenny, wave Boston bikers off from the Ingram Memorial on their annual Christmas present run to children at the Pilgrim Hospital
Actors Lesley Dunlop, who plays Brenda Walker, and Laura Norton, who plays Kerry Wyatt, visited later, also meeting fans in Oldrids
And the Mayor will have another Christmas lights switch-on to perform this Friday at 5pm when he switches on the Church Street Christmas tree lights.
As well as the traditional Christmas lights strung across the street and the backdrop of the Stump, illuminated at night, Church Street traders will be displaying their own decorated Christmas trees on the frontages of their businesses.
The festive enterprise, an initiative by Witham ward borough councillors Carol Taylor and Mary Wright, has been backed by Boston's B&Q branch which supplied massively discounted trees and lights.
Borough councillor Stuart Ashton made the special brackets in his farm workshop to mount the trees above head height on the fronts of buildings on both sides of Church Street.
Shop keepers in Boston's Church Street are aiming for it to be THE place to go for a traditional Christmas shopping experience this festive season.
The independent traders' group has set out to promote the street with an individual identity, taking advantage of its heritage and tradition.
Cllrs Taylor and Wright said: "After all that has been said and written about Boston's Christmas festivities it's ironic that we can now boast not one but two Christmas light switch-ons. We hope it gets everyone into the right spirit for Christmas."
Cllr Kenny, Mayoress, Mrs Pam Kenny, and supporters manned a three-day stall near the Ingram Memorial on Friday and the weekend raising funds for Boston Salvation Army and Boston Citizens Advice Bureau. The Mayor and Mayoress, dressed in Victorian costume sold mulled wine and mince pies and took in donations of tinned food for the needy at Christmas.