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Working ahead to plan Boston’s Christmas switch-on

Last year's switch-on took place in the flood-hit Church Street - the day after the flood.

Last year's switch-on took place in the flood-hit Church Street - the day after the flood.

Summer may be just around the corner but some in Boston are already working on plans for an improved Christmas lights switch-on event.

After Boston BID wound up last year, a group of borough council members and volunteers got together to ensure this year’s festivities hit the right note.

The small steering group, chaired by Coun Paul Gleeson, has been formed to organise and deliver the event – with a budget of £2,000 now agreed by Boston Town Area Committe (BTAC).

This year the switch-on ceremony will take place around the Christmas tree by the Herbert Ingram Memorial, instead of outside the Assembly Rooms in Fish Hill.

Coun Gleeson said: “BTAC has agreed to take on the formal role of organiser – although the steering group will take on the details of planning the event.

“They have also agreed to the £2,000 budget, but we don’t expect it will cost anywhere near that.

“We will aim to decorate the Christmas tree with additional lights this year, making it much more of a feature.”

Coun Gleeson said there will not be the traditional Christmas market, but a ‘small craft market’.

He added: “It’s going to be a family Christmas event, nothing over-the-top, but the base for something we can realistically deliver each year.”

There are plans to incorporate a mass children’s choir into the event and other musical entertainment.

Local businesses are encouraged to get involved to further boost the event, with a shop display competition among other things.

 

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