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May Fair golden ticket

A unique golden ticket, to ride every attraction at Boston's May Fair for free for as many times as you want, is up for grabs.

Once again the Showmen's Guild of Great Britain has agreed that one lucky reader will win the golden ticket.

Paul Maltby, Secretary of the Derby, Notts, Mid and South Lincs Section of the Showmen's Guild of Great Britain, said: "This will be the fourth year that a lucky youngster has had a chance to win a golden ticket at Boston May Fair. It is always great fun and always brilliant to see the smile on the winner's face when they receive their golden ticket."

This year's winner will also be part of the special May Fair proclamation, receiving their ticket from Boston Mayor, Cllr Stephen Woodliffe, and a representative from the Showmen's Guild of Great Britain, as tradition dictates, on the steps of the Gallopers at noon on Saturday, April 29.

The fair will open for business in the Market Place in Boston at 11am that day.

The May Fair is an event all the family can enjoy. Young and older enjoy the rides and the other attractions.

Boston's town centre will be completely taken over by a wide variety of fairground attractions, including thrill rides, children's rides, game and food stalls from Saturday, April 29, until Saturday, May 6. It will be open from 11am to 11pm on the first Saturday, and from 11am to 11pm on every other day except for the Sunday when it will be open from 1.30pm to 9pm.

The civic proclamation ceremony is attended by VIP guests including mayors and mayoresses from neighbouring authorities and representatives of the Showmen's Guild. They will then enjoy themselves on the rides - usually doing battle on the dodgems.

The fair is rated as being in the top five street fairs in the country. Families of showmen have been coming to Boston for generations, occupying the same pitches with their rides and stalls, which are jealously guarded.

To be in with a chance of winning the golden ticket simply send your name, age and address with a daytime phone number to Communications, Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston PE21 8QR, or email emma.staff@boston.gov.uk Deadline for entries is Friday, April 21.

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Boston May Fair in full swing. Pictures: STEPHEN GURNEY