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Who will be this year's Boston May Fair golden ticket winner?

The Showmen's Guild of Great Britain has a unique golden ticket available, giving one lucky person free rides on any ride they fancy, for as many times as they want, for the whole duration of the May Fair in Boston.

"It's a great prize to win," said Keith James, Chairman of the Derby, Notts, Mid and South Lincs Section of the Showmen's Guild of Great Britain. "It's totally unique to Boston May Fair. The showmen love giving it away."

This year's winner will also be part of the special May Fair proclamation, receiving their ticket from the Mayor and a representative from the Showmen's Guild of Great Britain, at noon on Saturday, May 5.

Hope Spooner (7), from Boston, was last year's golden ticket winner to ride for free at Boston May Fair 2017.

The fair will open for business in the Market Place in Boston at noon on Sat 5th May 2018.

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 and food stalls from Saturday, May 5, until Saturday, May 12. It will be open from noon to 11pm on the first Saturday, and from 11am to 10.30pm on every other day except for the Friday, when it will be open from 11am to 11pm and on the Sunday when it will be open from 1.30pm to 9pm. Some of the bigger rides will only be available from 5pm.

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.

It 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.

To be in with a chance of winning the golden ticket simply fill in the coupon available at Municipal Buildings reception on West Street, Boston and send to Communications, Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston PE21 8QR, or email your name, age, address and a daytime phone number to Deadline for entries is Friday, April 20.

*ride restrictions still apply

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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.