Assembly Rooms set to open by Easter as owner expands Boston empire

Matt Clark raises the flag on the roof of the Assembly Rooms
Matt Clark raises the flag on the roof of the Assembly Rooms

The owner of the Assembly Rooms has added a Boston pub to his empire in the town – and vowed to still fly flags from the top of the landmark building.

Matt Clark last week announced the purchase of the Waterfront, which he says will complement the Assembly Rooms which he bought off Boston Borough Council for £465,000 in November.

The pub, formerly the Prospect, will keep its name for now before ungeroing a refurbishment and Mr Clark, the man behind the Activ Group, hopes it is not the end of his spending spree in Boston.

He told The Standard: “I am on the lookout. There are at least two other properties I have got my eye on in Boston.”

Mr Clark would not rule out a town centre bowling alley, similar to Alley Catz in Spalding town centre, where he also owns Loaded nightclub and other properties.

He said it was always part of his plan to buy another venue to support the Assembly Rooms.

He said: “It’s really important to us that we got a separate venue to make sure people can have a whole night out of entertainment. Everyone wants to pub crawl and we want to make sure we have quality venues for them to visit.”

He said the two investments are evidence of his confidence in Boston’s economy which he described as ‘massive’.

He revealed that full plans for the future of the Assembly Rooms should be revealed in January and he is currently in talks with the borough council’s licensing team.

He is also considering a shortlist of names for his new venture, which he hopes to open by Easter.

The sale came in the same week that Mr Clark confirmed he will continue to fly the borough’s civic flags from the top of the Assembly Rooms.

Opposition councillors had feared that the sale of the landmark building meant the loss of the borough’s flagpole but Mr Clark said: “I am determined that the new future for the Assembly Rooms will keep it at the heart of the community, dominating, as it does, the Market Place.

“I have always accepted that there would be no more appropriate place, at the very heart of the town, for flags to be flown that can easily be seen and admired by all.”

Council leader Peter Bedford said it was important to the authority that Mr Clark would allow public use of the flagpole.