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Queen congratulates weekly on 100th anniversary

A weekly newspaper which is celebrating its 100th birthday has received a special message from The Queen.

The Boston Standard first hit the newsstands on 6 July 1912 and this week’s edition celebrates the milestone.

In the paper, a message from The Queen is published, saying she “sends her best wishes to both the staff and readers of the Boston Standard on this most special occasion”.

The title has also teamed up with businesses in the town to give readers a number of offers, including money off a specially-created sausage by a local butcher, a free birthday biscuit, free milkshake, 100 free cinema tickets and money off a new burger named after the paper for its anniversary.

Editor Stephen Stray said the message from The Queen had been received after the paper sent her a letter congratulating her on her Diamond Jubilee, which included details of the title’s centenary.

He said: “The Standard has been at the heart of the community in Boston for generations and it is with great pride that we today celebrate our centenary.

“As well as informing and entertaining our readers with the latest comings and goings from the area, we are at the forefront of campaigns and, where we can, support and promote the town and people we serve.

“I would like to thank all of the readers and businesses who have supported the paper during this time as we look forward to the future.”

This week’s paper includes a 32-page supplement to celebrate its 100 years of publication, with it initially being published as the Lincolnshire Standard.

A Britain’s Got Talent style event will also be held on Sunday by the paper to raise money for the Butterfly Hospice Trust and Blackfriars Theatre.

The Johnston Press-owned title has also produced a 56-page glossy magazine, featuring old pictures, and giving a snapshot of life in Boston during the last 100 years.