Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and individual donations the Christmas in Boston team is happy to announce that we have raised the first £10,000.
A meeting was held at Boston’s Municipal Buildings on the night of Wednesday 28th June, where match-funding by Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC) was approved.
This means we’ll have £20,000+ to spend on lighting up Boston this Christmas.
Our aim is to illuminate the following streets: West Street, Emery Lane, Marketplace, Church Street, Church Lane, Dolphin Lane, Strait Bargate, Wide Bargate, accompanied by Bargate Green car park.
We are also looking into the possibility of additionally lighting Pump Square and New Street plus the St. Botolph’s Foot Bridge and Town Bridge.
In addition to this, and pending permission from Highways at Lincolnshire County Council, we wish to light up all the roundabouts leading into town, with Christmas trees and festive decoration.
We are taking charge of the main Christmas Tree and moving it from the Ingram Memorial, it’s normal position, to Fish Hill, in front of the Assembly Rooms – who we are currently in discussions with about lighting the front of their building.
We intend to purchase a taller tree and light it up so it is clearly visible to drivers and shoppers going about town.
Ingram Memorial will, however, continue to have a tree in situ, as we plan to install a Community Tree which charities, organisations and school children will be invited to decorate.
At the other end of town we will tastefully light up the War Memorial and intend to place 2 Christmas trees there.
We are still accepting donations, as the more funding received will result in a better lit town.
Bank details: Sort Code: 20-45-45; Account Number: 30845051
We are currently in discussion with businesses who still want to make a donation towards this cause or who would like to provide a power source for the lighting up of their lane.
Dylan Taylor, Chairman of Christmas in Boston:
“We are all absolutely delighted for this outcome and very excited with the plans we have for the town. This is fantastic for Bostonians and we look forward to seeing the looks on people’s faces when they venture in and see our little market town looking Christmassy and festive.”
Speaking on behalf of the group, Dylan said: “We would like to thank Councillor Nigel Welton and Councillor Paul Skinner for their unwavering support from the start, the BTAC committee for their continued enthusiasm for the project and trust in us running it and to Phil Drury and Boston Borough Council for backing our ideas.”
Nathan Bryant, Secretary of Christmas in Boston:
“The involvement of local businesses has been key to the success of getting the Christmas in Boston project off the ground. The commitment of our committee is second to none and I can not begin to describe my thanks and appreciation to Dylan, the electricians and the rest of the team for their unquestionable dedication toward this, accompanied by the ongoing support of the local authority and other entities. Progress is being made fast, and we’ve already started measuring lanes rest for fitting later this year.”