Wormgate ‘welcomes’ all for summer fun

Coun Carol Taylor puts up the Wormgate bunting with Boston BID manager Niall Armstrong, Andy Meayers, Aston Robinson of Pelo hair salon and Simon Jackson. NA
Coun Carol Taylor puts up the Wormgate bunting with Boston BID manager Niall Armstrong, Andy Meayers, Aston Robinson of Pelo hair salon and Simon Jackson. NA

THE time for Jubilee street parties may have now come to an end, but on Boston’s Wormgate the fun is only just starting.

Shops and businesses on the historic town centre street are getting ready for a traditional street party at the beginning of September, and they are pulling out all the stops to make sure it is an event to remember.

Bunting is being put up and preparations are well underway for the big ‘Welcome to Wormgate’ event, which will include trade stands, food, drink, music and stalls.

Boston borough councillor Carol Taylor, who is the ward member for the Wormgate area, and has spearheaded the campaign to bring the neglected Wormgate back to life, said: “I have my fingers crossed for an Indian summer.”

She has funded the bunting out of her own councillor’s allowance, and has also paid for a number of national flags to be put up in buildings along the road.

Great Britain, Italy, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Portugal will all be represented in the shop windows.

The idea behind the decorations is not only to prepare for the celebrations, but to mark the London 2012 Olympics. The patriotic bunting is red, white and blue.

Volunteers and helpers turned out to put up the bunting last Wednesday, with Coun Taylor at the helm.

And while they were scaling ladders to get the decorations just right, others were sprucing up a building along the road.

John Tooley, of Mr T Carpets, and volunteer Jeremy Peck took paintbrushes in hand to tidy up the front of a disused shop with a lick of fresh paint.

And that is not all, as the street will also be decorated with flowers as part of the town’s Boston in Bloom effort.

The floral displays, which have been organised by Boston Business Improvement District (BID), will be made up of hanging baskets, and will not only add to the blooming displays around the town, but will brighten up the decorated street.

Further plans, including bollards to prevent Wormgate being used as a rat run, are progressing apace, as the proposals are being advertised by Lincolnshire County Council. The bollards will enforce the existing no through road access.