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Boston beach day a sunny success

Boston's first beach day in Central Park has been voted a massive success with hundreds flocking to the FREE event yesterday (Wednesday).

There will be a repeat of the ALL-FREE family event again today (Thursday), from 10am to 3pm, with the sandy beach, donkey rides, two bouncy castles, Punch and Judy shows, games, competitions and beach-related arts and crafts. ALL FREE!

Beach party with Stump backdrop Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

Grandmother Judith Dunn, from Swineshead, was playing in the sand with her grandson Harry Smith (3). She said: "It's lovely and I can't believe it's all free of charge. Harry had a donkey ride and enjoyed that.

Harry Smith (3) digging in the sand
"Harry Smith (3) digging in the sand Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

Kirsty Hemingway, from Boston, had to queue with her children, Chloe (8) and Phoebe (4) so they could ride on the donkeys. "It was a bit of a wait, but we didn't mind. There is a good selection of things to do, and all for free."Two on donkeys Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

Did we mention it's ALL FREE

Punch and Judy crowd Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

Event manager Fran Taylor, Boston Borough Council's play and physical activity officer, said more than 500 people were at the event from the off at 10am, with more coming and going throughout the day.

Fran said: "People are being fair on the beach and moving out for a while to do something else to let other in. We were expecting four donkeys and we got five. Although there are a lot of people here, Central Park has the room for people to find their own space for their family and their picnics." Donkey riding Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
 

Blaze (7) Lily (9) and Rio (10) at the beach 

Blaze (7), Lily (9) and Rio (10) at the beach Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

She praised Boston Big Local for funding the two-day event and the way in which partner agencies had quickly come together to all play their part for free - Mayflower Housing, Family Action, Boston Children's Centre, Transported Arts and Boston United in the Community.

Richard Tory, chairman of Boston Big Local Residents' Partnership, said: "I am very pleased. It has exceeded our expectations. People have voted with their feet and come to support it. We are hoping there will be a repeat with an even bigger beach next time."
Ellyson(11) turns little sister (6) into a mermaid
Eliyson (11) turns little sister Alana (6) into a mermaid Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

He explained that residents were asked what they wanted to see Big Local money spent on in Boston and the beach day was one of 150 suggestions made.

Cllr Claire Rylott, the council's portfolio holder for leisure services, parks and open spaces, said: "We thought all this event needed to succeed was good weather, and we got it. Fingers crossed for today. One of the aims was to build community spirit and I think it has certainly achieved that. It has been so rewarding to see so many people - mums and dad, nans and granddads, children and grandchildren and friends all having so much fun and putting our lovely Central Park to the best use possible."

Final word to Sheree Nichols, proudly Boston born and bred, who arrived with her four grandchildren. "This is lovely for the children. It's a brilliant idea to do something like this for the summer. Not everyone has got a lot of money so it's great all the family can come here for nothing."

Mr Punch Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

The beach fun in Central Park continues today from 10am to 3pm. Did we mention IT'S ALL FREE!

Family fun on Boston beach - see our film on YouTube https://youtu.be/M3Y4xifUtxc