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2013 REVIEW: April - Boston marathon runner, UKIP leader, condom machine maps

Boston UKIP leader Nigel Farage visiting Boston, talking to Boston fishermen.

Boston UKIP leader Nigel Farage visiting Boston, talking to Boston fishermen.

A charity runner from Boston became caught up in the effects of the bomb which went off at the end of the town’s daughter city’s marathon.

Sarah McGarel, 39, was just half a mile away from the finishing line of the famous Massachussetts when the explosion went off. Relatives in Lincolnshire told the Standard how relieved they were to hear she was safe.

○ UKIP leader Nigel Farage came to Boston in the runup to the county council elections.

The leader took a tour of the town heading to a meeting in Wyberton. He is pictured meeting Boston fishermen a the Eagle pub.

UKIP went on to win five of Boston’s seven county council seats in a shock election result early the next month.

○ The idea of using condom machines to distribute 3D maps of the town was floated at a Boston Business Improvement District.

The machines were apparently just the right size for such a use and plans to test them out were made.

○ Figures showed almost 2,500 people on the social housing waiting list – including the fact that 88 people applied for a single house. The Government figures also predicted the number of households in Boston could rise from 27,300 to 31,600 by 2033.

○ County chiefs said the replacement £750,000 St Botolph’s Bridge would be a ‘landmark’ for the town. Work was due to begin in August and finish November but was later delayed until 2014.

 

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