Review of the Year: Anti-immigration protest and council pay hike in November

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Boston’s Jubilee Fountain, bought to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was vandalised a second time – just hours after being reinstalled.

The structure’s top tier, which had been too small to be strengthened during the original repairs, was broken after two boys climbed it.

It was estimated this latest damage brought the total repair cost to around £2000.

○ Councillors voted to allow top members a 20 per cent rise in their special allowances while council staff faced pay and conditions cuts.

The decision was made at a full-council meeting in which a recorded vote was split 17-10 between the party in power and opposition members.

They also voted to extend chief executive Richard Harbord’s £121,500 -a-year 

○ An anti-immigration demo in the town went peacefully.

Between 150 and 300 people attended the static protest held near the Herbert Ingram Memorial and organisers said the event (above) was the first of several of its kind.

○ The year’s worst-kept secret was finally revealed when it was announced club owner Matthew Clark had bought the Assembly Rooms.

Mr Clark, who owns Spalding nightclub Loaded, promised that the landmark would remain part of the community.