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National Lottery support to mark First World War centenary in Boston

The Parish of Boston is delighted to announce it has received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project "A Festival of Remembrance" in Boston. This was made possible by

National Lottery players through HLF's "First World War then and now" programme. The project will form part of a two week Festival of Remembrance in October and November and will focus on the experiences of people in Boston during the Great War through the creation of a portable exhibition to be displayed in St Botolph's Church (Boston Stump) and toured to local schools and community groups.

The project will enable local people in Boston to come together to share the stories of their families, and to experience and explore the memories and heritage of the people who lived through the First World War. It will teach a new generation of children about the war and encourage them to research how their own families experienced it. The portable exhibition will include items that would have formed part of everyday life that can be touched and interacted with to help people build a picture of what life was like, both for soldiers fighting the war and for those who stayed in Boston experiencing some of the social changes that took place, including different roles for women.

The aim is to ensure that the people of Boston come together to share their stories, to understand the sacrifices that were made, the lessons that were learned and the transformative effect the Great War had on our society.

A spokesman said: "We believe this project is particularly important in the present context, as we approach the centenary of the end of the war and it falls out of living memory there is a danger that much of what was experienced and learned from the war may be lost, in particular the local stories and experiences. We want to provide a long-term exhibition to help people learn about how the war affected their town and local community and ensure that those who gave their lives are never forgotten."

The Rev Alyson Buxton, Team Rector of Boston, said: "We are absolutely delighted to be able to honour the memories of those who were lost from the town of Boston in this way and we are very grateful for Heritage Lottery Fund support."

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First World War memorial to get new engraving

The First World War centenary memorial in Boston's Memorial Gardens will be revisited by stonemason Richard King to engrave the side left deliberately blank in order to mark 100 years since the end of the conflict.

Richard, of Richard King Memorials Ltd, Long Sutton,  built the memorial, funded by public subscription, for an unveiling in 2014 to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. He donated his skills and labour.

One face was engraved to mark the centenary of the conflict and Richard will now engrave the other side with suitable words to celebrate the 2018 centenary of the end of the First World War ready for the Armistice Day service in Memorial Gardens on Sunday, November 11.

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