Prayers heard before council meetings

PRAYERS will continue to be heard before council business at Boston borough meetings.

The role of worship at local authority meetings sparked a national debate after a High Court Judge ruled that Bideford Town Council in Devon acted unlawfully by allowing prayers at its meetings.

The controversial ruling came after action was brought against the authority by the National Secular Society.

The decision is unlikely to affect Boston, with prayers heard before meetings formally begin.

A spokesman said: “Boston Borough Council does not have prayers on the agenda - they may be on the summons but they are not part of the meeting which doesn’t formally start - as shown by the agenda and the Mayor’s words at each meeting - until later.

“Hence any member who wishes to absent themelves from the prayers can do so without being recorded as absent from or missing any of the meeting.”