PICTURE GALLERY: Princess Anne impressed by Stump’s £2 million plans

Boston’s iconic St Botolph’s Church launched the consultation on its bold £2 million plans for the future with a royal visit on Wednesday.

Princess Anne toured the Stump, assessed its flood recovery work and was shown the plans – which include removal of some pews to make way for infomration boards, better access to the historic works in the library, glass porches and a soft play area in the Blenkin Memorial Hall.

Princess Anne with Alyson Buxton and Peter Coleman

Princess Anne with Alyson Buxton and Peter Coleman

Director of development Mike Bartlett said HRH The Princess Royal, a patron of the church, was very positive about the plans during a discussion with him, Rev Alyson Buxton and officials.

He said: “It was a beautiful visit and it was great for her to see some of the flood victims.

“She was talking to them, and she spoke to Alyson about Goodbarn’s pub and how quickly they got it open.

“She also met some of the partners we’re going to be working with on ‘Spaces for Everyone’.”

He said she ‘loved’ the kids area idea and the inside porches, and said it was similar to projects she had seen in Leicester.

He said she was also curious about mystery artist The Key – whose ‘King Kong on The Stump’ graffiti donation is on display in the church.

Rev Buxton said: “It was just such an honour to welcome the princess, she cares dearly about the town of Boston and she cares deeply about the Stump.”

She added: “She’s incredibly knowledgeable about buildings.”

Consultation on the plans runs until September 5.