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They're rebuilding The Mayflower... in Boston

Did you know that one of the most famous ships in the world is being reconstructed in Boston? The Mayflower wrote a huge chapter in the book of world history when it carried the Pilgrims from England for America almost 400 years ago.

The reconstruction under way is to produce a large-scale model of the ship to be paraded around Boston's streets tomorrow night as part of this year's Christmas lights switch-on event.

In a secret location the wooden frame is being finished off ready for the paper hull to be layered on so that volunteers can "sail" the Mayflower into Boston Market Place for the festive lights to come on at 6.30pm.

The Illuminate event, organised by Transported, the Boston arts organisation, will feature The Mayflower upon a multi-coloured ocean inhabited by multi-coloured fish as part of a lantern-lit procession through town streets.

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Mayflower 400 model under construction. Picture courtesy of Curiosity Creators and Zoomorphia

It will launch a series of celebrations leading up to the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower in 2020.

Two processions will set off from 5pm tomorrow. A Christmas Market begins trading at noon and there will be stage entertainment from 5pm to 8pm. This will include a 15-minute performance of the Mayflower story by Rhubarb Theatre.

And don't forget that all car parks controlled by Boston Borough Council will have free parking from 4pm onwards tomorrow.

Town shops are being urged to enter this year's best Christmas decorated window competition. As well as an engraved trophy each winner will receive £100 to donate to a charity of their choice.

There are three categories - local independent business, multiple chain store and charity. Judges will be looking out for visual impact and overall impression, creativity, artistic merit, innovative use of materials and personal effort.

Final date for applications is day with all displays in place for judging from tomorrow. Application forms are available from Pauline Chapman or 01205 3142111 of email Pauline at

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Christmas is almost here - Boston's Christmas tree will become multi-coloured magic on the stroke of 6.30pm tomorrow