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Signs of the times

A project to better signpost visitors to Boston's top attractions is under way.

The first of six information panels, known as monoliths, portals to the town's historic past, informing locals and visitors alike about the events which helped shape Boston, are now in place.

The aim is to raise awareness of the rich stories of Boston to encourage people to explore more and stay longer.

Heritage Lottery Fund has made a grant available for the new directional and interpretative signage.

The council worked with Heritage Lincolnshire (a local heritage charity) and the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce in conducting consultation events to involve a wide contribution to the project.

The monoliths feature images and short histories and each has a new map showing retail areas alongside attractions and recreational areas, orientated to the forward facing position of the observer rather than the traditional north orientation.

The six monoliths will be placed at the railway station, St Botolph's footbridge, Strait Bargate and three around the Market Place telling the stories of Boston's former wealth from its wool trade and the importance of its port, its influential ancient and modern markets and fairs, the connection with the Pilgrims and the exodus to the New World, the world-beating Stump and dependence on its setting in a watery fenland landscape.

All these stories are now available on the council's website translated into Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian and Portuguese. Go to Stories of Boston

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One of the old signposts before refurbishment and Lee Burt, left, and Bob Maclean, from F. W. Feary, putting the finishing touches to the finger post at the West Street end of Emery Lane.