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Memories are made of this

Memories are what tie us to a place and a time and we gain pleasure from remembering.

Some memories are treasured and kept safe long after the place has disappeared.

And memories can be sparked by a revisit, a faded photo, a casual conversation or something much less tangible.

The merest whiff of Cherryade takes me straight back to my childhood and sunny afternoons spent on the river with my grandfather - we always feasted on crisps and Cherryade as he rowed the boat and I fished. Together we explored weed-choked tributaries of the main river where the rotted skeletons of wrecks added an air of excitement and danger.

A new Boston project wants your memories - they don't have to be exciting or dangerous. Your memories of Boston will help inform plans for new and improved heritage signage in the town centre.

As a spin-off it is also hoped that fond memories of Boston past will be retold in published form, together with any photographs which are made available.

Boston's memories will be gathered on large-scale map in The Stump. Craft materials will be available for people to highlighting their favourite places and memories on the map. 

And a Boston Memories Drop-in event is to be held at the Guildhall and neighbouring Fydell House on Wednesday, August 19. Bring along any old photos and stories you have to tell Boston's past. 

The Boston Borough Council, Heritage Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce heritage signs project - Explore and Discover Boston - will improve information about interesting and historic sites for locals and visitors and reflect favourite places and themes. You can help the project by using the online survey at http://tinyurl.com/ol6n4vk

There are also plans for a young persons' postcard design competition to show off their favourite places to visit in Boston. The winning postcard design will be made into a real post card and will be available in some of Boston's key heritage sites. And watch out for a social media campaign - #MyBoston  - where selfies outside your favourite heritage spot in Boston and the surrounding area can be posted.

by communications manager
ANDREW MALKIN

Cowbridge Lock lagoon Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Looks idyllic, doesn't it. It's just a few miles from busy Boston town centre