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Do you know the piano's full of flowers?

You hum it son, and I'll play it!

Actually this piano has sacrificed its innards in the name of Boston in Bloom.

It is being dressed in the shadow of the Stump as part of an end of the First World War street party. This year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The in-bloom judge will visit Boston next month (July) to decide whether it merits its fourth on-the-trot gold award.

The judging route will take in the Victorian Cemetery, Central Park, Bargate and Memorial Gardens, Pescod Square and Strait Bargate, Market Place, St Botolph's Church (Stump) grounds, B&M green space, Beadsmans Lane at the side of the Guildhall and next-door Fydell House, Haven Bridge meadow, Freshney Way off Welland Road and Boston West Academy.

Businesses have displayed hanging baskets, created their own displays and are sponsoring bloom features. Householders along the route are being urged to meet a challenge to make their front gardens look appealing.

New for 2018 has been a Pub in Bloom competition, sponsored by The Coaching Inn Group (White Hart), encouraging pubs to decorate their frontages and their customer gardens.

There's still time for landlords and managers to enter Boston in Bloom's Pub in Bloom competition.

Any pub in Boston borough can enter. Judges will be looking for well-balanced design, good use of colour and quality planting. Extra marks will be given to pubs which have grown flowers from seed, used local providers, used recycled and upcycled materials in creative ways.

Encouraging wildlife, butterflies and bees will count too and front and back gardens will be judged.

Entries can be submitted up to the end of July and judging will take place during August with winners notified by the end of August.

Register your pub now at

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Boston in Bloom volunteers Bridget Sykes and Paul Collingwood tuning up the old joanna