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Be a part of new flag design for Boston

Many are familiar with the Boston crest featuring the twin mermaids to signify the borough's maritime connections and the ram seated on a woolsack in recognition of its historical wool trade.

An exhibition, Boston Unfurled, at the Guildhall will examine how Boston has been represented in design form in the past.

The exhibition, admission free, will take place on Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10.30am to 3.30pm, from Wednesday, January 24, to Wednesday, February 14, and will include items from the Guildhall archive.

It will also be the starting point for a new project by the Boston Hanse Group and Boston arts organisation Transported to create a set of 20 flags and finials to represent and celebrate Boston today. It is supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council and Boston Big Local.

They will be created at free community workshops led by artists Ruth Pigott and Kathleen Smith, using fabrics and 3D printing.

The flags will be used at future community events and festivals and taken abroad to represent Boston at New Hanse events in Europe.

Anyone wanting to take part should email their interest to

Boston rejoined the Hanseatic League in 2015, after a 700 year absence. Boston was a warehousing site and trading partner with Hanseatic League countries in medieval times and owed much of its early prosperity to the trade it enjoyed from across the North Sea.
It joins 190 towns and cities including King's Lynn, Kingston upon Hull, Aberdeen and other members from Belarus, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden in the Die Hanse, the modern-day Hanseatic League.

Boston Unfurled, which will take place throughout this year, will involve schools and community groups from around the town to create a collection of 20 flags and pole tops (finials) that will be exhibited throughout Boston.

Chairman of Hanse, Alison Fairman, said: "This a wonderful opportunity to involve all Bostonians old and new in the long history of the town. People will be able to see their designs on display and in the long term this could be the start of a much bigger project."

Hanse Day will take place on Saturday, May 27, in Boston Market Place. Workshops will take place throughout the summer. Visit to keep up to date.

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