A year ago, whilst many people were preparing for Christmas, others in the centre of town were clearing up their homes after the floods of December 5.
But out of the nightmare of that awful evening, good has emerged.
The spirit of community was reborn in Boston.
We all know the stories about ‘Boston pulling together’.
This is something that we should be giving thanks for.
Christmas is about celebrating a birth, the birth of Jesus over two thousand years ago.
The time when we give thanks that God gave us the gift of his son.
Christmas is not about receiving presents but the joy that is in giving.
This year we now give thanks for all that members of our community freely gave and did to help others in need last year.
A community is like a family and we rightly look after those in need.
As always you are asked to give generously to help the work that the Salvation Army does to bring a little joy to those in need at Christmas.
I’m particularly pleased as this complements the work of one of my chosen charities, Centrepoint Outreach.
Part of the Christmas message is for peace.
This year, 2014 marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Commemorations have taken place across the country in recent months. Here in Boston more people chose to come to our local Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday than for many years.
Boston as a town has honoured those from our own community who sacrificed their lives to enable others in different parts of the world to live in peace.
Boston has played its part in world history.
It has welcomed people from many countries and, in turn, former townsfolk have gone as pioneers to other continents. Opportunities are now arising for us to take advantage of this. We have recently been given the chance to re-establish our links with both Europe and America.
Firstly, we are seeking to become members of the new Hanseatic League, reviving links with trading partners from many centuries ago.
Secondly, I was privileged to attend a ceremony in Plymouth and accept, on behalf of our borough, an invitation to be involved in the 400th anniversary celebrations of the sailing of the Mayflower.
We should all be immensely proud of Boston’s heritage, in the same way as we are proud of its citizens today.
It remains for me to wish you all a joyful, dry and peaceful Christmas; and let the New Year be one in which we live harmoniously.
I urge you all to look after others in our own community less fortunate than ourselves, but also to look outwards at the wider world, of which we are a part.
Coun Alison Austin
The Mayor of Boston