The question is always asked, “Who is turning on the Christmas Lights this year”… and there is always criticism that money is spend on a celebrity that either someone hasn’t heard of, or doesn’t like.
That is why, we chose to make a celebrity of our own. We approached BTAC earlier in the year, and asked them to facilitate the organisation of a poetry competition for all schools within the Borough of Boston.
The rules of the competition were simple – a poem about what Christmas means to that child in particular. 3 age categories were decided on, 5-7, 8-11 & 11+.
An outstanding 509 entries were submitted by youths of all ages from the majority of schools across the borough.
Members of staff from Boston Borough Council and Boston Mayflower donated their own time, outside of work hours, to shortlist the entries, and the final 15 were chosen.
(See below for their poems).
On Monday 20th November,Chairman of BTAC, Cllr Nigel Welton and Nathan Bryant from Christmas in Boston presented the 15 finalists with a printed copy of the poem they had written for the competition, ‘Christmas In Boston and Me’.
On Thursday 26th November, the final 3 winners were announced. Whilst on stage, the 15 finalists were presented with a small token of appreciation for their hard work. For those aged 5-11, a small teddy bear wearing an embroidered Christmas in Boston jumper was awarded. For 11+, a smartphone projector.
The three winning poems were Caitlin Grant, Evie Gilby & Hannah Woods.
Speaking of the competition, Cllr Welton said: “What a turnout and what an event. It’s all come together incredibly well. I have been so impressed by the way all involved have rallied to this cause. All credit to the Christmas in Boston group and the tremendous community support they have had.”
On behalf of Christmas in Boston, Nathan Bryant said: “Our first Christmas Lights Switch On was such a success. It was such a delight for us to see the smile on all the finalists of the Christmas in Boston and Me poetry competition. The amount of entries has been staggering, and the feedback that we have received in regard to the event has been delightful. Thank you to everyone who entered the competition, and please keep your eyes peeled for a special announcement coming very soon!”
Speaking of the lights and the switch on, Nathan continued to say: “Everyone has been very happy with the new installation of lights around the town, and we hope to continue to expand on this. Special thanks must go to the hard working staff and councillors at both Boston Borough Council for their continued support. Special thanks to Kristina Willoughby, Darran Clare, Nigel Welton, Paul Skinner, Phil Perry and everyone else who supported us.
I’d like to specially mention and thank our hardworking team who have volunteered in excess of 200 hours, to ensure everything is ready, for the creative ideas, for managing the projects through to installing these lights, working through the night, and indeed on a weekend.
It has been a great honour and pleasure to work with the team!”
A big well done to all the finalists of our Christmas in Boston and Me competition. Here’s the winners being presented with their framed poems in the Council Chambers, by BTAC Chairman, Councillor Nigel Welton, and Nathan Bryant from Christmas in Boston.
The final 15, of the Christmas in Boston and Me, poems were presented to the authors in a frame. Here’s copies of what they wrote.