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Celebrating farming - whatever the weather

Farming can be a tough business - sometimes out in all weathers and up against the worst that Mother Nature can throw at us.

But we're made of tough stuff in Boston borough - demonstrated by all those who turned out for the annual Celebration of Farming event on Sunday, despite the bitterly wintry conditions.

Snow, ice and a biting wind didn't deter die-hard supporters of the event, which saw a parade of tractors and farm machinery down the ages in Boston Market Place.

Kristina Willoughby, event organiser, Boston Borough Council's town centre services manager, said: "Last year I was at this event in a T-shirt. On Sunday I had to go in search of extra layers. We decided to go ahead with the event because of the popularity of the first event held last year. Because of the expected high winds and freezing temperatures we moved some of the attractions out of the Market Place and into the Guildhall, where people could stay warm, get a bite to eat and a hot drink."

The event was again free to attend, except for a talk at the Guildhall, and featured fun events for all ages including vintage tractors, oil engines, horticultural bygones and a couple of traders braved the weather.

Cabbage bowling was a big hit last year and made a return.

Lincolnshire farming broadcaster and author Alan Stennett gave a talk "Changes in Lincolnshire Farming" in the Guildhall.

Kristina said: "The weather didn't beat us and I want to thank all those who turned out with displays and attractions and all those who attended to support the event. We will be back again next year when, hopefully, the weather will be kinder to us."

Anyone who would like to get involved in this event or display any agricultural items for 2018, new or historical, should email events@boston.gov.uk

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