It was as much a personal success story as a party one for the Ransomes in Boston last night, with three of five family members winning their council council seats for UKIP.
Sue Ransome, 61, won in Boston East, while her daughters Felicity, 27, and Elizabeth, 26, made it a hat trick for the family by picking up the Boston Coastal and Boston Fishtoft divisions, unseating Tories Peter Bedford and Raymond Singleton-McGuire.
Dad Don and elder daughter Jodie Sutton, 36, came second in the Boston South and Boston Rural races respectively.
Don said: “We fielded five cadidates from my family. We’ve kept the flame alive through the bad times and the good times have finally come around.
“Now we have got to set to and get to work at County Hall.”
He added: “It’s what I call a Tim Adams moment. I have a bottle of expensive New Zealand wine by Tim Adams from 2003 and I said when one of my family or myself get elected we were going to open that and it was definitely a Tim Adams moment.”
Sue said: “We were fed up of always being the bridesmaid and never the bride. Finally we have become the bride and it’s wonderful.”
The Ransomes success, and the party’s wider performance in the county, was hailed by Lincolnshire UKIP MEP Derek Clark.
He said: “These are magnificent results for UKIP in Lincolnshire with the party taking no less than 16 seats.
“We look forward to their work on the county council and to their injection of common sense.
“In Boston UKIP took five of the seven seats with the Ransome family in three of them! It might have been six seats but Don Ransome had to take second place in Boston South where the Tories intervened and split the vote.
“Their 310 votes in a two horse race prevented Don’s 786 from overtaking the Independent candidate’s 889 votes. Of course we congratulate the winning candidate and look forward to his Independent contribution to local affairs.”