Calendar inspired by community spirit after the flood

The Boston calendar launch group.
The Boston calendar launch group.
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A charity calendar featuring striking images of Boston was inspired by the spirit of the community shown after the December 5 floods.

Boston’s first official calender has been produced by Boston Borough Council featuring beautiful snapshots of the town taken by local photographer Christopher Lewis.

It includes a photo of Church Street with Christmas lights taken on December 6 – the day after the floods that devastated businesses there.

At the calender’s launch, Coun Carol Taylor spoke of how the idea for it grew from the dramatic events of the nights and days after the flood.

“The idea actually comes from December 6, 2013. At Church Street we had planned to have the Christmas lights switched on and we didn’t think it was going to go ahead with what had happened. The Boston Standard’s office was an absolute mess.”

She told of the devastation in Church Street, but how, immediately afterwards, all hands rallied to ensure the street’s Christmas lights were turned on in style.

She added: “We’ve all got our favourite photograph from the calendar - but my favourite story is the December photograph.”

The calendar was sponsored by local businesses, including The Standard.

Coun Mary Wright added: “Thank you to all the sponsors, without you the calendar wouldn’t have been produced.”

A copy of the calendar has been sent ‘from our Boston to your Boston’ with a message for the mayor and residents of Boston, Massachusetts. Another has been sent to Princess Anne, patron of Boston’s iconic Stump, which features in some of the images.

Mr Lewis was commissioned to take photographs throughout the year to reflect the changing seasons in some of Boston’s best-loved locations.

The 2015 calendar has been launched with two aims – to promote Boston and to help two deserving causes. Half the proceeds will go

Half of the proceeds will go to help research a better understanding of the Epstein-Barr Virus, and to develop a vaccine to protect all young people. Epstein-Barr Virus is responsible for Glandular Fever. This virus exists in about 95 per cent of the world’s population and is normally kept under control by our immune system. But in rare circumstances it can introduce and set off a very aggressive form of Lymphoma Cancer.

This set of circumstances led to the death eight months ago of Lucy-Anne Lumb, the 19-year-old the daughter of Judy and Steve Lumb. Steve is Boston Borough Council’s head of built environment and development.

The other half of the proceeds will go towards a youth training programme organised by Boston’s Witham Sailing Club. This gives children from all backgrounds an opportunity to get on the water and experience the fun of sailing. They also learn about discipline and responsibility – vital for safety afloat. Many develop a lifelong passion and some go on to even pursue maritime careers. The proceeds will help fund a training dinghy for the junior members.

MP Mark Simmonds expressed condolences to Mr and Mrs Lumb at the launch event, but said out of tragedy had come light. He said sales of the calendar would not only help fund research into the virus, but raise the profile and alert other parents to the potential dangers and aid all-important early diagnosis.

He praised Boston businesses for getting behind the calendar and sponsoring pages so that all production costs were covered, so that all revenue from sales could go to the good causes.

Coun Wright said: “We hope that people will want to buy it for themselves and for relatives and friends. It is a very practical calendar, with plenty of room for entries, but also has beautiful images of Boston.”

Page sponsors are: January – Chattertons solicitors, February – Oldrids & Downtown, March – Allsigns, Boston, April – Boston Mayflower, May – accountant Darron Abbott, June – Boston Standard, July – Boston Eye, August – East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership, September – Boston Target, October – Digital Printing Services, Boston and Sleaford, November – Cllr Mary Wright, December – Oldrids & Downtown, back cover – Johnsons of Boston.

Couns Taylor and Wright have already begun work on a calendar for 2016. It will show Boston people at work and has a working title of ‘This is Boston’. If your company is interested in sponsoring a month call 01205 314308.

The calendar is on sale now, priced £4.99 from Municipal Buildings in West Street, the Guildhall, Johnsons Garden Centre and other town outlets.