Event does not Beat the weather

A MUSIC festival planned for Boston’s Central Park this weekend has been cancelled amid health and safety fears due to the weather.

Boston Beat was due to run from noon featuring performances from nine bands as well as children’s rides, trade stalls and a food marquee.

The free event was being staged by Boston BID but when members went along for an inspection with a Boston Borough Council officer on Friday they found the park to be waterlogged.

With more grim weather due and fears that the stage and rides would not be safe on the sodden ground, a decision was taken to call it off.

BID manager Niall Armstrong told The Standard: “I am sure some people are disappointed, as am I – I would desperately have loved it to go ahead.

“It would have been really good for Boston and really good for businesses.

“The decision was purely on health and safety ground – if any kiddie got hurt because a ride collapsed I personally would have felt awful.”

Mr Armstrong said the BID had planned to attract anywhere between 5,000 and 15,000 visitors to the event.

BID members also took into account the fact they would have to foot the bill if their event left Central Park in a poor condition.

BID had been criticised for publicity surrounding the event (see page nine).

Mr Armstrong said his strategy had been to market the event outside of the town to draw in extra people. He said more posters were due to go up this week.

He said: “We were putting this event on to try to attract people into Boston. To a certain extent people in Boston would have known it was there, we were trying to get people in from elsewhere.”

The event was cancelled last year due to health and safety fears, with the market temporarily relocated in Wide Bargate.

MC Parker Funmaster, Endeavour Radio, Pure Florettes, Dennis Hannant, Blue in Green, White Clouds & Gunpowder, The Sensational Soul Band, Audio Tap, Imogen Grey, Kill the Ideal and The Glamned were due to be involved with the event.