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Why we think Boston's great

More have risen to the challenge laid down by Boston Mayor Cllr Richard Austin for people to declare what makes the area special for them.

Cllr Austin has invited everyone to write to him about Boston's "great past and bright future" helping promote Boston to the wider world.

Cllr Austin is concerned with removing any unfair tarnish,  and "talking up the Borough" during his year in office. Positive contributions from people appreciating where they live and work will  appear on the "Boston - A Great Past and a Bright Future" page on the council's website -

You can email them direct to the Mayor at

What I like about Boston? A town centre with all the shops you need, more history than you can shake a stick at, one great lump of a church with Stump to climb and woods, waterways and open fields just a ten minute walk away (even at old man's speed). Who wouldn't love Boston?Steve Carnes

I am an American and I have lived in Boston for ten years. I like the small-town atmosphere. There isn't a shopping mall in sight and that is refreshing. From the very beginning I have found Bostonians to be very friendly and helpful. I love going into the town and actually seeing people who I know. The history of Boston is very special and while a great many old buildings have been lost, many have been preserved. There are plenty of things to show our from out-of-town visitors. My British husband and I were discussing this just last week and we both agreed that there isn't another place on the face of this earth where we would rather live.
Joan Lawrence

What is good about living in Boston?

1.    People: The intimacy of the community where it is possible to know many people over a long period of time. The local people are earthy, direct and genuine. Most people will give you the time of day and look you in the eye.  The bluntness is not always necessary but is balanced by the originality. The enthusiasm and effort of many local voluntary groups and organisations.The grace and energy of many of the East Europeans.

2.    Services: The bustling, noisy, thriving market on Wednesday and Saturday. Cheaper housing and more space for your money. Superior education, primary, secondary and further. The hospital which, though smaller than some, gives very good service at a high level of expertise. Healthcare in the whole community is backed up by well-trained staff and a caring attitude. The local shops and wonderful produce

3.    Culture: The historic depths. Blackfriars theatre. The Sam Newsome Music Centre. The marvellous expanse of the Market Place which competes on an international scale. Marred only by too many cars. The majestic beauty of the Stump allied to the clergy who work there. The drama of the  river at high tide framed by the Georgian centre, Fydell House, The Guildhall and the converted warehouses.

And finally - there is no more stirring view in the land than the sun setting in an azure and limitless sky behind the Stump and the Maud Foster mill on summer evening
Martin Fairman

I have been singing the praises of Boston to our family and friends since we moved here eight years ago. The town is under-promoted, it's historical and has succeeded too in thriving in retail despite a recession. Yes, there are empty shops as in other towns, but the jobs section in the local papers confirms its continued prosperity in all sections.
The housing costs are well below a lot of areas and mostly you get so much more for your money. The leisure facilities are good, having the river and marina are a bonus as is the train station which is now more an exception since the '60s axe.
If I was  young with a family, I would certainly consider the facilities here as good if not better than some towns, before we came here we were unaware of the Lincolnshire vibrancy and opportunities to settle at any age to a good life - wish we had done it sooner, we love Boston.
Ailsa Leatherday.