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Your chance to win the only FREE rides golden ticket

It only happens once a year. It happened this time last year, for the first time ever. One Golden Ticket will be available for just one lucky winner to go on every ride at this year's Boston May Fair for FREE.

Fact mirrored fiction last year, when the winner of the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory-style golden ticket was Charlie, just like in the famous Roald Dahl story.

Eight-year-old Charlie Rigby was the first golden ticket winner last year, receiving his special pass from the Boston Mayor.

The May Fair showmen have again made one special golden ticket available entitling the winner to go on every ride for FREE for as many times as they want - everything from the gentle rides to the big-thrill attractions.

Bernard Mitchell, Secretary of the Derby, Notts, Mid and South Lincs Section of the Showmen's Guild of Great Britain, said: "Last year's event was great fun and it was brilliant to see the smile on Charlie's face when he received his golden ticket. The showmen decided they'd like to do it again this year. Boston is a real favourite with the showmen, and the May Fair has a special place in their hearts."

To be in with a chance of winning the unique Boston May Fair Golden Ticket send your name, age, address, and a phone number or email address to: Golden Ticket Competition, Communications, Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, PE21 8QR, to arrive no later than Friday, April 24 . First one drawn out of the hat will win. This is open to all ages, but if you are under 16 please get your parents' consent to enter.

The May Fair is an event all the family can enjoy. Young and older enjoy the rides and the other attractions.

Boston's town centre will be completely taken over by a wide variety of fairground attractions, including thrill rides, children's rides, game and food stalls from Saturday, May 2, until Saturday, May 9. It will be open from 11am to 11pm on both Saturdays, from 11am to 10.30pm on weekdays and from 11am to 9pm on the Sunday.

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Flashback to last year: Charlie Rigby was last year's Golden Ticket winner

The fair will be declared open at noon on Saturday, May 2, by Mayor Cllr Alison Austin after a short service on the steps of The Gallopers and after the ringing of the May Bells. That's when the winner will receive their golden ticket.

The civic ceremony is attended by VIP guests including mayors and mayoresses from neighbouring authorities and representatives of the Showmen's Guild. They will then enjoy themselves on the rides - usually doing battle on the dodgems.

The fair is rated as being in the top five street fairs in the country. Families of showmen have been coming to Boston for generations, occupying the same pitches with their rides and stalls, which are jealously guarded.

‚óŹ  A smaller than usual market will move to St George's Road car park for the week that the May Fair is in town.