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Rotherham's restored Boston Castle has rooftop ceremony

Boston Castle in Rotherham
Image caption Work started on the building in August 2011

A South Yorkshire castle has been given a topping-out ceremony to mark a £1.2m restoration project.

Mayor of Rotherham Shaun Wright conducted the ceremony on the roof of Boston Castle in Rotherham on Monday.

A time capsule containing artefacts from the grade II listed building was also placed into the re-instated battlements.

The restoration is due to be completed by the summer.

After completion, a new entrance foyer will allow public access to the different floors of the building.

The courtyard area will be turned into an amphitheatre used for events.

Funding for the project came from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Rotherham Borough Council.

Topping-out ceremonies are usually held to unveil the highest part of a building as a commemorative event.

Boston Castle was built by Thomas, 3rd Earl of Effingham in 1775.

The 23 acre site, known as Boston Park has spectacular views over looking Rotherham.

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