Rising above Boston like a lighthouse is the tower of St Botolph's Church. It dominates the landscape and guides ships into the town's port. It took seventy years to construct and apart from anything else it is a monument to the town's past wealth when it was key to the thriving woollen industry of The Middle Ages. Millions of bales of wool were shipped from Boston to The Low Countries across The North Sea. It was England's second busiest port after London.
Although it was free to enter the magnificent church, we had to pay £5 each to ascend the tower that is generally known as The Stump. It was like entering a thin stone tube. There were 365 spiralling stone steps and all that you had to hang onto was a rope. We were the only climbers.
The effort was worth it. On another bright, summery day we looked north, south, east and west from The Stump - over Boston itself, South Lincolnshire and out towards the sea. It was from Boston's haven that The Pilgrim Fathers first set forth to Holland and then a few years later they sailed to Massachusetts, still clinging to their puritanism like a life raft.
"Speedy Bosh!" hit the shelves for the first time today.