Old Welcome to Boston sign on the A16

Local resident Mike Gilbert last year decided to recreate the worn looking signs on the link roads coming into Boston.

Mikes attention was brought to these signs when he was walking to the Princess Royal Sports Arena, pre Covid and noticed the state of the Sleaford Road sign. He checked all the other four signs and found they were in a similar state and then took to social media with a shout out for some voluntary help. A team has now come together and are spending many hours working on the recreation/renovation of these signs. One of the volunteers Dmitrii Buravlev is the supply chain manager at MetsaWood UK who has also sponsored sheets of marine ply, in addition to the ply and paint supplied by Boston Borough Council.

So far two signs have been manufactured and painted from scratch which will be replacing the Sleaford Road and London Road signs. In addition Mike and Dmitrii and Dmitrii’s wife Natalia have between them renovated the sign on the A16 which has now been returned to its location on the approach to the Spirit of Endeavour Roundabout.

The team Mike pulled together include local resident Dmitrii, his wife Natalia and members of the Men’s Shed Group, who opted to renovate the Spilsby Road sign.

Mike Gilbert said: “This is an extraordinary task we have set ourselves. We are so fortunate to have a talented team of volunteers who have been working painstakingly to recreate this signage for our residents and visitors to the town.”

Dmitrii Buravlev said: “Being in the project for me means finding yourself, show who you are and how you can contribute to local life. We are lucky we have skills that match the project’s aim. Although the current restrictions slow down the pace of work we were able to find solutions and keep going. I believe that everyone benefits from the project: inhabitants, Council, and participants.”

Dmitrii shaping the materials for the new signs

Natalia preparing paints for signs

Work in progress