Lincolnshire

Boston Stump friendship service after EU vote

St Botolph's Church tower which gives it its name of the Boston Stumo
Image caption St Botolph's Church is known as the Boston Stump because of its tower

Friendship and tolerance between different communities was the theme of a special church service in Boston.

The informal service was held at St Botolphs, known as Boston Stump.

Voters in Lincolnshire were among the most Eurosceptic in the UK, with more than 75% in Boston voting to leave.

The Reverend Alyson Buxton said the service was not to comment on the referendum result itself, but to "provide a place of hospitality".

Boston recorded the highest majority of Brexit voters in Britain.

The 2011 census found about 13% of Boston residents were born elsewhere in the EU - largely eastern European migrants who arrived after 2004.

The town had a population of more than 64,000 people according to the census.

Ms Buxton, who is the team rector at the church, said: "We got a lot of publicity as the greatest percentage of leave votes in this town.

"We have people in the congregation from the indigenous population and those that have travelled to work.

"We want the town to be a place of hope and hospitality."

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Image caption Shops in Boston reflect the cosmopolitan nature of the residents

Egle Matuliontye, lives in Boston but is originally from Lithuania, said: "I do want to remain, I just want to feel accepted.

"I want Britain to give me this homely feeling, rather than the opposite."

Following the 30-minute church service, afternoon tea was served to all who attended.

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