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Weekly to mark 100 years by uncovering town’s talent

A weekly newspaper in Lincolnshire is to hold its own version of Britain’s Got Talent to mark its centenary year.

The Boston Standard will celebrate 100 years of continuous publication on 6 July.

A century ago when the paper was first published it was known as the Lincolnshire Standard, and later became the Boston Standard.

A number of events will take place to celebrate the occasion, including special supplements in the paper and a magazine about Boston over the past 100 years.

The news team is organising the variety show called Centenary Celebrations which will include local acts, including the Boston Grammar School Schuhplattlergruppe, a German dancing group, a group of cheerleaders and an Adele tribute.

The event on 8 July will raise money for the local Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre where the event will be taking place, and the Butterfly Hospice.

Editor Stephen Stray said: “This is a really big year for everyone associated with the Standard and while we were talking about ways to celebrate our centenary, among the many good suggestions was the idea of holding a variety-style show to raise money for charity.

“The news team have really taken this on and have been busy organising a whole host of different acts. We hope to have a really great evening, raising money for charity while also having plenty of fun along the way.”