SENTINEL: Burger King, werewolves and clowns, Assembly Rooms, Quadrant and more

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This week’s Sentinel column keeps an eye on the latest events across the borough...

Boston United’s ground has certainly got people talking and Sentinel notes we’re still at that stage of a story when people are almost universally positive and looking forward to the ‘exciting bits’ of the plan. Don’t expect it to be completely plain sailing though. Several nearby residents are understandably concerned about how it will impact on them. Sentinel understands there will be a public meeting at Wyberton Parish Hall on December 17. You can only guess that will be the chance for the concerns to come across - with several already said to have been raised during a briefing on the plans to councillors this week. As Sentinel said last week this is a pretty important plan for Boston - it’d be nice to think that there could be a way to deliver it with as little pain as possible to the people living there. Let’s hope they find it.

*Speaking of important plans for Boston...the Assembly Rooms’ revamp is very nearly there. Expect an opening date to be announced shortly. It’ll be fascinating to see what it’s all like inside after a reported £1.25 million spent on the building. Sentinel notes that there will be two huge chandeliers, costing £12,000 apiece, installed above the stage. Matt Clark might just want to avoid getting in Del Boy and Rodney in to clean them - at that price you wouldn’t want a repeat of that famous Only Fools and Horses sketch.

*Sentinel has, like many of you it seems, heard the rumours about Burger King coming to Boston. It’s understood that the fast food chain is not about to move into the old HMV in Pescod Square...although might be looking at somewhere else in the town, possibly in the Market Place. Watch this space, as they say...

*One positive though - Clinton Cards is coming back to Boston, taking on the old JJB in Wide Bargate

*The news has a habit of throwing up the downright bizarre at times but who thought the words ‘Langrick werewolf’ and ‘Lincolnshire clown’ would be mentioned in the same week? Before you Langrick folk get too scared though, don’t worry - it’s an intriguing tale from the new Lincolnshire Folk Tales book. It’s basically Indiana Jones in Langrick. Which sounds like, but isn’t, one of Alan Partridge’s television suggestions. And the clown? Well it’s probably just a more modern ‘folk story’. There’s a picture going around on social media and Sentinel’s first thought was that McDonalds’ new home delivery service had gone awry. It seems like harmless fun for now anyway, just probably a month late now that Halloween has gone...

*Who says Boston isn’t represented well on the national telly? Lucy, the nine-year-old lurcher who is with Jerry Green at the moment, gave a good account of herself on Monday’s Paul O’Grady Show. Let’s hope she caught the eye of a potential new owner.

*Speaking of the national telly, watch out for a BBC national news report on Boston next month. Sentinel understands the main news’ home editor was in town last week interviewing people on the topic of....you guessed it...immigration. It seems, with headlines focussing on the potential for new arrivals from Romania and Bulgaria, that Boston will once again be held up as an example of ‘what went wrong last time’...

*An interesting point to ponder from this week’s viewpoint...should goldfish at fairs be a thing at the past? You’d think mainly it was harmless fun that should be protected from the health and safety brigade. However, it seems the poor little fish aren’t as forgetful as they seem and really can suffer. Maybe this is one occasion when we do ought to move with the times...