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A Golden May Fair for Hope

Golden ticket winner Hope Spooner (7) collected her ticket to ride every single ride at Boston May Fair this year.

Hope joined the official proclamation which launches the fair each year by the Mayor of Boston and the chairman of the Derby, Notts, Mid and South Lincolnshire Section of the Showmen's Guild.

Hope, from Boston, was this year's winner of the golden ticket - a special pass entitling her to ride every ride at the May Fair as many times as she wants.

She received her pass from Boston Mayor, Cllr Stephen Woodliffe, and Keith James, chairman of the Derby, Notts, Mid and South Lincolnshire Section of the Showmen's Guild.

The fair runs until this Saturday and will be open from 11am to 10.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and 11am to 11pm on Friday.

The May Fair dates back to at least 1125 when it was one of the great trading fairs of medieval times. Merchants came from all over Europe to buy and sell at the Boston fair.

Over time the nature of the fair has changed to entertainment. The event has a Royal Charter and is surrounded by tradition and ceremony and is rated as being in the top five street fairs in the country.

Hope Spooner, Mayor and Showmens Guild Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window  Hope, Corey and Mayor Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Hope receives her Golden ticket and has a ride on the gallopers with The Mayor of Boston, Cllr Stephen Woodliffe and her little brother Corey.