Christmas event organisers promise ‘to go to town’

Allan Ellis and Niall Armstrong with the Emmerdale prizes.
Allan Ellis and Niall Armstrong with the Emmerdale prizes.

“We’ve got to go to town” - that’s the message from the organisers of this year’s Boston Christmas Market extravaganza.

Boston’ Business Improvement District (BID) is once again putting on a weekend of family fun, with the big light switch-on being performed by Emmerdale stars Chris Chittell and Leslie Dunlop, who play Eric Pollard and and Brenda Walker in the ITV soap.

During the weekend there will also be a festive market with plans to bring the regular farmers’ stalls on board too.

It is hoped a vintage-style fair will attract people to West Street, with a Ferris wheel set for the B&M Bargains car park.

Traders in Pen Street are also said to be keen to join the festive fun, with suggestions of a display of classic cars.

“The more we can get the merrier and we’ve got to go to town,” BID chairman Alan Ellis told the organising committee on Thursday.

Hopes of a parade through town for the switch-on have been curtailed due to logistical issues as have the planned live auction of Emmerdale memorabilia, including a signed copy of their 40th anniversary show.

However, these items will still be auctioned in aid of the Mayor’s charities at Boston Auctions in Punchbowl Lane and on the internet. The auction house has agreed to sell the items for free and BID is hoping to add to the lots, welcoming donations from businesses.

Mr Ellis hopes the winning bidder for the Emmerdale memorabilia would then be present for the light switch-on on Friday, November 29, with the soap stars handing the items over in a special ‘meet and greet’.

Entertainment is set to continue in town over the weekend with groups, including a military wives choir taking to a stage in the Market Place.

Boston Motorcycle Riders Association will also be in town on the Sunday as they make their annual Christmas present run to the Pilgrim Hospital.

BID has thanked all the businesses who have so far contributed to the festive effort, including Boston Borough Council which has donated £1,000 for a safety officer.

l Anyone who would like to get involved in the Christmas Market or would like to hold a stall should call 01205 358800.