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Busy day at Boston Stump

Spring was certainly in the air, despite stormy skies over Boston and sudden downpours on last Tuesday.

Outside Boston Stump borough council staff were dodging the weather as they continued planting to give a summer show of colour.

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Kev, left, and John planting geraniums in the grounds of Boston Stump for a splash of summer colour

Just around the corner, in the stonemasons' workshop in the shadow of the tower, could be heard the tap-tap-tapping of chisels on stone as the two brothers worked on what will be their final major piece of restoration work.

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Phil and Tony Leonard retire in August after 35 years spent looking after the Stump, and their current project taking shape in the workshop will be their last significant piece of work.

They are chiselling limestone from Clipsham into shape to replace damaged and worn stonework.

Borough council parks and grounds staff Kev Field and John Dyson were working on their knees planting geraniums in a large square in the Stump grounds, just off the Market Place.

When the geraniums flower they will produce a shock of salmon pink, bordered by white.

Phil and Tony were working on "blind arcade" pieces. The lump of Lincolnshire limestone Tony has been working on weighed around a quarter of a ton. It took four of them to lift it onto the workbench.

The stone will weigh less when it is finally carved into its ornate and intricate shape and will be lifted into place by block and chain and fixed using lime mortar. Their skills will ensure that when they are finished the repair will be seamless and last many generations.

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