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COMING SOON: Boston's OFFICIAL 2015 calendar

Boston's first OFFICIAL calendar has poured off the presses and will be launched next Friday after which it will be available to buy for the bargain price of just £4.99.

The 2015 calendar portrays, in glossy full colour, all that is best about Boston, pictured through the seasons.

Production costs have been completely covered by generous sponsors for each page, and money raised from the sale of the calendars will be split between two deserving causes.

Half will go to help research a better understanding the Epstein-Barr Virus and its behaviour and to develop a vaccine which will one day hopefully protect all young people. Epstein-Barr Virus is responsible for Glandular Fever. This virus exists in something like 95% of the world's population and is normally kept under control by our immune system. But the virus has a very dark side to it, as in rare circumstances it can introduce and set off a very aggressive form of Lymphoma Cancer.

This set of circumstances led to the death just over eight months ago of Lucy-Anne Lumb, 19-years-old and the daughter of Judy and Steve Lumb. Steve is Boston Borough Council's head of built environment and development.

The other half of the proceeds will go towards a youth training programme organised by Boston's Witham Sailing Club. This gives children from all backgrounds an opportunity to get on the water and experience the fun of sailing. They also learn about discipline and responsibility - vital for safety afloat. Many develop a lifelong passion and some go on to even pursue maritime careers. The proceeds will help fund a training dinghy for the junior members.

The idea for the calendar was proposed by borough councillors Carol Taylor and Mary Wright, after admiring a council-hosted exhibition of work by talented local photographer Chris Lewis.

Mr Lewis was commissioned to take photographs throughout the year to reflect the changing seasons in some of Boston's best-loved locations.

Cllr Taylor said: "The idea was to promote beautiful Boston and, at the same time, do some good for two deserving charities."

The calendar will have its official launch by MP Mark Simmonds and the Mayor of Boston, Cllr Alison Austin, at the Guildhall on Friday, September 19, after which it will go on sale. It will be available from reception in Municipal Buildings, the Guildhall, the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex and online at the council's website, www.boston.gov.uk It will also be available from town centre shops and Cllr Taylor and Wright are to man a stall on the market to sell the high-quality limited-edition calendar.

Cllr Wright said: "We hope that people will want to buy it for themselves and for relatives and friends. It is a very practical calendar, with plenty of room for entries, but also has beautiful images of Boston."

The calendar has been designed by the council's communications department and printed by Digital Printing Services of Boston and Sleaford.

Page sponsors are: January - Chattertons solicitors, February - Oldrids & Downtown, March - Allsigns, Boston, April - Boston Mayflower, May - accountant Darron Abbott, June - Boston Standard, July - Boston Eye, August - East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership, September - Boston Target, October - Digital Printing Services, Boston and Sleaford, November - Cllr Mary Wright, December - Oldrids & Downtown, back cover - Johnsons of Boston.

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Hot off the press - from left, calendar designer Emma Staff, Cllr Mary Wright and Cllr Carol Taylor take a look at one of the first Boston OFFICIAL Calendars 2015 with DPS production manager John Wells.