The worst kept secret in Boston has finally been revealed – after it was announced that leisure supremo Matthew Clark is to take over the Assembly Rooms.
Rumours had been flying around the town for months that Mr Clark was the new owner of the iconic building, but Boston Borough Council only confirmed the reports earlier this week, after contracts were signed and the keys handed over.
Mr Clark, whose leisure portfolio includes Loaded nightclub in Spalding, would not confirm speculation that he will transform the Grade II* listed building into a similar venue, but said it would be returned to its original use as a place of entertainment as well as a ‘community hub’.
He added: “I want the Assembly Rooms to remain part of the community but deliver a service the community wants, rather than something it does not, which it is at the moment.”
Mr Clark payed £465,000 for the building, dubbed Boston’s ‘jewel in the crown’.