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May Fair Golden Tickets for Emi-Mai and Ben

There are not one, but two lucky winners of Boston May Fair Golden Tickets for FREE rides.

First out of the hat was Emi-Mai Forman. But as she's only four-years-old the May Fair showmen agreed another name should be pulled out to give an older person the chance of enjoying the bigger thrill rides that Emi-Mai could not go on.

Next out was 12-year-old Ben Walker. Ben said: "I have never won anything before. I am really excited and will be using my Golden Ticket as much as I can. I love the fair."

Emi-Mai, of Butterwick, and Ben, of Horncastle Road, Boston, will receive their golden tickets as VIP guests at the annual May Fair proclamation by Boston Mayor Alison Austin on the steps of the Gallopers on Fish Hill in Boston Market Place at noon on Saturday, May 2.

There was a bumper entry to win a golden ticket for free rides during the duration of the May Fair.

Bernard Mitchell, Secretary of the Derby, Notts, Mid and South Lincs Section of the Showmen's Guild of Great Britain, said: "Last year was the first chance to win a golden ticket. It was great fun and it was brilliant to see the smile on the winner's face when he received his golden ticket. The showmen decided they'd like to do it again this year. In view of Emi-Mai's young age we were delighted for a second winner to also be chosen. Boston is a real favourite with the showmen, and the May Fair has a special place in their hearts."

The fair will open for business in the Market Place in Boston at 11am on Saturday, May 2.

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.

The civic proclamation 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.

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