A series of Christmas events aims to bring a bit of festive sparkle to Boston this weekend.
The focus of this Boston Borough Council’s Christmas event, tomorrow (Thursday), is the children of Boston and one special girl has been called upon to become Little Miss Christmas and help Santa.
Alisha Scowen, 12, of Bert Allen Drive, Old Leake, suffers from a rare undiagnosed condition known as a Syndrome Without A Name, or SWAN.
Alisha has a mental age of about 18 months. The daughter of Helen and Tony Scown, she was born healthy but began developing symptoms of being unwell at about eight months old.
Alisha cannot talk – although she can communicate her feelings to her parents – and cannot walk.
Her parents said she comes alive when she is in company and enjoys music - with her favourites being Girls Aloud and former X-Factor winner Shayne Ward, who she has met several times.
Helen said: “Alisha will love the attention. People will be able to see her delight – she will be very animated.”
Helen works at Pilgrim Hospital as a community nurse and is a colleague of Coun Carol Taylor, who nominated Alisha to switch on the lights.
Alisha will push the button at 6.30pm tomorrow (Thursday) from the stage by the Christmas tree near the Ingram Memorial.
The tree – the largest to grace the town centre – is sponsored by The Magnadata Group and the Port of Boston to help make the event a ‘spectacle’.
Boston Borough Councillor Carol Taylor said: “We want a real ‘ahhh factor’ when this year’s Christmas lights are switched on. The Christmas tree is an annual gift to the town from the Port of Boston and this year and next will be a focus for the town’s Christmas lights switch-on.”
At 6.45pm Pescod Square’s event, which starts at 4pm, will culminate with Peppa Pig switching on the lights in the shopping centre.
The afternoon will feature live entertainment and a gameshow with the chance to win high value prizes.
The event will be hosted by Endeavour Radio.
There will also be an interactive light display from Transported and the opportunity to enter Oldrids’ giant snow globe and Santa’s grotto.
Peppa will also be available for a series of ‘meet and greets’ with a selection of lucky children prior to the event.
Boston Stump will then hold its annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday between 10am and 2pm.
Attractions include a steam train ride around the Stump grounds, the chance to meet Santa and get some presents in his grotto and a grand prize raffle in which an Xbox One console, a 7in tablet, and a weekend break for two can be won.
Tickets for the raffle are now available from the Stump shop.
The church’s nativity scene, including the restored flood damaged crib, will be on display and there will be carol performances from local choirs.
There will be bric-a-brac stalls and a book stall along with mince pies, mulled wine and other festive refreshments available.