Festive feel for town at switch-on

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BOSTON was lit up with Christmas spirit when the town’s festive lights were officially switched on last week.

Crowds flocked to the town centre on Thursday night to enjoy the festive spirit and begin the countdown to Christmas.

They were joined by Santa and his unlikely assistant Ebenezer Scrooge, who were handing out lollipops to children in the crowd. The sweets had been donated by Edwards Emporium, on Dolphin Lane.

Children were also entertained by Pedro the Clown.

Christmas songs from the Salvation Army Band, and the Main Ridge East Community Singers entertained the crowds and helped to boost the yuletide spirit.

Endeavour Radio also broadcast live from Strait Bargate for the evening and local band Jam Jar, which counts Coun Aaron Spencer in its line-up, performed for punters.

Several local shops opened late to allow passers-by to start their Christmas shopping.

The lights switch on, which was performed by Boston Mayor Coun Mary Wright, Deputy Mayor Marilyn Cobb and Alan Ellis, chairman of Boston BID, was particularly special this year, as it was the inaugural switch on for the new lights.

The new £35,000 LED white lights have replaced the former illuminations, some of which have been in use for over a decade.

Boston Business Improvements District (BID) donated £10,000 towards the lights.

After the event, Coun Wright said: “It was a great evening, with a real community feel.

“It was so nice to see so many hundreds of happy, smiling faces, enjoying all the entertainment which had been organised. It’s time to say Merry Christmas.”

l Turn to page 31 for information on the Boston Christmas Market.