I notice the Preservation Trust is bringing back the Civic Pride Awards – no problem with that except that it is to be hoped they have more success than previously.
I believe the awards were set up originally to recognise refurbished old buildings, those which were being well kept or, on many occasions, buildings which were anything but in good condition!
All well and good except that in many cases the hope that if the latter would be put right seemed to fall on deaf ears.
This time, under the Preservation Trust, the award will recognise organisations and individuals for their contributions to Boston.
So it will be interesting to see who or what wins in their quarterly awards: with the state of the town at the moment we may be in for some surprises – or not. I say this in response to the latter part of the article where it is said the trust will be ‘issuing a civic concern list every six months which looks to identify all the poorly maintained properties and areas within the public part of the town’. I can see The Standard publishing a special supplement for that one.
Former Standard employee centenarian George Wilkinson will be fondly remembered by many of his ex-colleagues. For many years he was a keen book collector and dealer: I think his library was a large shed at the bottom of his garden!
He often arrived at work with a large bag of books which he had just bought and was quite knowledgeable about books in general.
Mention was made of his 20-mile round cycle trip to work every day, rain or shine – something which most workers these days would not contemplate doing.
There was, however, no mention of his work on publishing day which involved packing parcels ready for distribution often till one or two the next morning, followed by cycling home!