This year’s Business of the Year award winners certainly had a dramatic evening - being in labour with their first child while a relative collected the prize on their behalf.
The Ball House pub and restaurant in Wainfleet Road, Boston, has been recently revamped and was chosen for its transformation and success in enjoying strong growth in a tough market.
Business owners Tracy and Paul Topliss had a dramatic evening when Tracy’s waters broke on the morning of the awards. The pair spent the night in Pilgrim Hospital’s maternity ward while Tracy’s proud mum Christine Stukins collected the trophy.
Speaking at the ceremony, she said: “She is actually in the labour ward at the moment expecting our first granddaughter!” This was followed by a round of applause. Christine went on to praise the staff, thanked voters and joked ‘big thanks to mum and dad who do a lot of work’.
Speaking after collecting the award, she said: “Hopefully winning this award will bring the little baby on and she will be there by the time we go tonight. They both work very hard - Paul is the chef and Tracy runs the front of house and handles the business and all the staff work very hard.”
The Standard caught up with the new parents and their baby Katie-Ann at The Ball House.
Tracy said: “My waters broke on Thursday morning. I was in labour that evening and had to have a C-section. She was born at 1.30am in the morning. We were told the next day about the award and were over the moon.
“We have got such a fantastic team at The Ball House, we could not do it without them. They have been holding the fort for us and this is our busiest time of the year. the amount of support we get from our customers is fantastic too - we have had no end of cards and presents since.”
Runners-up were Food 4 Thought and Sportsbikeshop.