Charity competition calling for creative types

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There are just a few days left for photographers, poets and songwriters to get their entries in for a fundraising cultural event.

Boston – a 20/20 Vision Through New Eyes competition invites entries in three categories, all helping to raise money for the Mayor of Boston’s chosen charities.

Up to four photographs – prints or electronic images – a poem or a traditional song, all featuring Boston borough, can be submitted.

The competition is the brainchild of Coun Paul Gleeson, a member of the Mayor’s charity committee.

Coun Gleeson said: “I know there are lots of very good photographers, poets and songwriters out there who can use their talents to help raise funds for two good causes and help promote Boston borough at the same time.”

The photographic department in Boots has agreed to sponsor the photo competition with the winning picture being printed as a 20x16-inch canvas worth £50. The winning picture will also feature in the Boston Standard.

Boston’s Oldrids department store is to sponsor the poetry competition and will display the winning poem in store and give its author a £25 gift token.

And Harmony Music on Boston’s West Street has agreed to sponsor the songwriting competition with a prize of a £30 gift token. BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Wednesday night folk music programme presenter Tom Lane has agreed to a live performance in the studio.

Mayor Coun Paul Kenny has nominated the Boston branches of the Salvation Army and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau as his charities.

Entrants are requested to make a donation of £5 to enter. Contact Alison Hull, civic and member services officer, for a full set of competition rules and to enter. Entries must be submitted no later than Friday. Contact Alison at or telephone 01205 314511.