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Unsung heroes down your street

The campaign to nominate unsung heroes to feature in new artworks for Boston borough has closed after a brilliant response.

Transported and Boston Borough Council have been working on Boston Hero, a project to celebrate unsung heroes in artwork to be placed on the side of the council's refuse collection trucks. The nomination process has now closed, but the response was overwhelming. Nearly 50 nominations have been received and were wide ranging, including individuals, committees and groups, and with varying roles from cleaners to health care workers, and teachers to performers.

Artist Sarah Brown was planning to use nominations as inspiration for the 12 artworks, each showing a person doing the role or activity they had been nominated for. But due to the fantastic response, she has had to rethink her original strategy of focusing on one role per artwork. In the past few weeks, she has met with as many of the nominated people as possible, to find out more about what they do and different ways they could be represented. The finished artworks will now have borough backdrops with multiple roles depicted.

Sarah said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting with as many of the nominees as I have been able to. It was lovely to meet people who have such a passion for making the borough a better place to live. I got a great sense of community spirit and effort put into keeping the place clean and tidy as well as including sections of the community that may otherwise become isolated. I have also spent some time with a small section of the many council departments and had not until now appreciated how many of them go above and beyond what is expected to assist the community and how many cross overs there are between voluntary roles within the area and the council.

"The huge number of nominations has been overwhelming and I have tried to incorporate as many of the different sectors as I can. It has been impossible to meet with and include everybody but each role has been very much in mind whilst I have been gathering inspiration and drawing."

Cllr Claire Rylott, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for leisure services, said: "This is proving to be such a worthwhile initiative. Graphics on the sides of bin lorries are not new - but the sides of bin lorries used for art and to acknowledge unsung heroes in the community is unique. The parade of all six finished lorries in the Market Place in October will be a sight worth seeing."

Cllr Michael Brookes, the borough council's portfolio holder for waste services, added: "After the launch everyone across the borough will have an opportunity to see the artworks when the bin lorries come down their streets. One especially gratifying aspect of this project has been public recognition of council staff and volunteers from the community who all make the extra effort to improve things for people who live here."

On Thursday, October 8, there will be an opportunity to see them all the lorries together in Boston Market Place from 4pm to 6pm. When completed, the designs will also be available to view on the Transported website along with details of the roles that are being depicted on each.

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Sarah's first completed artwork for one of the refuse trucks, showing bin men at work. Anyone recognise the neighbourhood?