Bostonians began the year with yet more traffic misery - with a series of roadworks on all major routes into the town causing gridlock.
Works including gas and drainage repairs and a pedestrian crossing upgrade affected Sleaford, Spalding and Horncastle Roads.
The problems became so bad that The Standard’s team took on a Top Gear-style challenge (pictured) to test the quickest way to get from the Spirit of Endeavour pub to the Market Place.
Cyclist Darren Sykes came home first, Daniel Jaines was second on the scooter, Laura Hammond was third on foot and motorist Andrew Brookes was last.
• Boston Stump was due for its biggest investment in 150 years – after the church secured funding for internal works.
The project included a new shop, café and offices and was the culmination of 20 years’ planning.
• Plans were given the go ahead to expand North Sea Camp open prison.
The scheme would see three semi-detached houses transformed into accomodation for approximately 40 prisoners.
• Passers-by were spooked by a ghostly figure at Boston Stump. Teenager Natalie Hall and two friends saw an eerie figure hovering at the top of the church tower which turned out to be lighting.