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Award for little street with a big mix

An entire street has been named The Pride of Boston.

Pen Street will be officially recognised at an event at Fydell House on Monday, February 19.

The street has been recognised by Boston Preservation Trust's Civic Group, organisers of the Pride of Boston 2017 awards.

Two representatives from each Pen Street business are invited to attend at Fydell House at 6.30pm to receive certificates from Boston Mayor, Cllr Bernard Rush.

Dudley Bryant, chairman of The Civic Group of Boston Preservation Trust , said: "We aim to highlight the best, and sometimes the worst, of Boston's historic town centre.

"We are all very proud of our heritage, and understand that a warm, inviting and friendly environment in our town centre is vital to the future economic success of Boston, and all its varied businesses.

"One of the key elements to this is the improvement and regular maintenance of our buildings which give a first impression to business customers, whether they be local or visitors to the town.

"In 2017 the Civic Group surveyed the frontages of town centre shop, office and leisure premises to identify the best.

"We considered individual properties, small parades, and overall street scenes to nominate a Pride of Boston 2017 award.

"The Group was extremely impressed by the overall presentation of one street of commercial properties, and decided to declare Pen Street the winner of Pride of Boston 2017.

"We congratulate Pen Street on this achievement and look forward to reviewing town centre premises later this year to determine the winner or winners for 2018."

Take a walk along Pen Street and it won't take you long - but it's a little street with a big mix. A short stroll and you can take your pick from shops selling lingerie, ladies' shoes and handbags, ladies' fashions, furniture and kitchens, hairdressers, clothing alterations, a popular public house and more.

Gill Burns, of Cherry Tree Shoes, said: "We are all independent traders and take pride in our businesses. Kerb appeal is important and it's good to know that has been recognised. We are a little bit on the edge of the town centre, but customers who find us are pleasantly surprised. We have a real business community here and customers find it's worth the effort coming here."

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Pride of Boston and proud of Pen Street, from left Ruth Quinnell of Ruthie Q's lingerie shop, Gill Burns of Cherry Tree Shoes, Jason Brackenbury of Isaacs Furniture Store, and Philip Scarborough of Philip George Hair

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New Inn Public House, Pen Street