On October 28th we officially opened our Festival of Remembrance with a preview concert by our Parish Choir. We were joined by over 100 guests and the Bishop of Lincoln, Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, who officially opened the festival. The event opened with drinks and canapes so that guests could wander around St Botolph’s to have an exclusive first look at the exhibitions. Our exhibitions included: The Boston Commemoration Society with their ‘Boston at War’ exhibition; The Lincolnshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers with their cascade of Poppies at the High Altar and knitted big poppy over the west door, kindly knitted by members of the community; St Botolph’s HLF funded Boston Family at war exhibition; There but not There silhouettes and wartime chapel; Wartime Coffee Shop as well as contributions from the St Botolph’s Church Sanctuary Guild with their flower display on the font.
Following this everyone was invited to take a seat where Revd Alyson Buxton, Team Rector, introduced the festival and the journey we had been on to design the festival. The Bishop of Lincoln was introduced to officially open the festival with the lighting of the candles in the Lady Chapel [Commemoration Chapel]. Guests were then entertained by the Parish Choir interspersed with readings and poems from World War 1, including a reading by Mr Martin Middlebrook. The evening came to a close at 8pm.
It was a fantastic evening with great feedback and a wonderful occasion to officially launch the Parish of Boston’s Festival of Remembrance.