UKIP leaders who campaigned in Boston to leave the EU were in town today to say thank you to the Borough for supporting them.
They placed a banner in Straight Bargate with the words ‘UKIP Boston thanks the people of the borough for a great referendum result’ and shook hands with supporters, who congratulated them on delivering a 75 per cent Brexit vote - the highest in the UK.
Coun Jonathan Noble, deputy leader of the UKIP group on Boston Borough Council, said: “We are here today to thank the people of Boston who have shown overwhelming support for Brexit and our party leader, who fought so hard to get a referendum and the wonderful result.
“It did not come as a surprise. We’ve been campaigning for several weeks and have been quietly confident we would get a very good result. ”We always estimated between 70 and 80 per cent of people in the borough would vote to leave the EU.”
Among them was Marie Sturgess, 89, of Boston. She said: “I voted out. It’s gone down and down living in Boston. I hope it can now get back to the great country that we were.”
The town itself was bustling with shoppers visiting the Saturday market. Len Evans, who runs a fruit and veg stall, said: “It’s business as usual and it will get better and better.
”Reports of prices going up are just scaremongering. We get less and less produce from South Africa and South America than we did before, so perhaps we’ll get those markets back.”
Eastern European shops were also buzzing, with staff “too busy” to talk to the Boston Standard.
However, the mood was more relaxed in the Continental cafe in Red Lion Street.
Gilberto Ficueira, from Portugal, has lived in Boston for 32 years and opened the cafe 11 years ago.
He said: “The town has been good to me. I don’t know what to say about the EU vote - it is the English people’s choice. We will have to wait and see.”
For the full story and reaction in Boston to the vote, see next week’s Boston Standard.