Council half way towards First World War memorial goal


The borough council’s memorial to mark the centenary of the First World War will now be made of granite instead of the proposed ornate benches.

Donations towards the appeal have been coming in from members of the public, councillors, parish councils, businesses, groups and schools, taking the fund over the half-way mark towards the required total cost of £4,200.

The latest is £200 from Old Leake Parish Council.

Appeal organiser Andrew Malkin said: “It is an opportunity for all those who care about the hard-won freedoms we all enjoy today to show that by honouring the many lives sacrificed 100 years ago.”

Memorial stonemason Richard King, of Long Sutton, has offered to create a memorial in granite, free of labour charges.

Mr Malkin added: “We are very grateful to Mr King for his very generous offer. The memorial is much grander than anything we had hoped for.”

It is planned to dedicate the new memorial at this year’s Armistice Day ceremony on November 11.

To make a donation to the memorial fund visit, pop in to the Municipal Buildings in West Street, or donate by post using a cheque made payable to Boston Borough Council and ‘Boston First World War Memorial Appeal’ should be written on the reverse to indicate what the payment is for.