VIDEO: Boston's bike rack benders thanked for 3am repair
A GROUP of men who fixed a bent bike rack at 3am in the morning while on a night out have received a personal thank you from councillors.
Friends Dean Mason, 23, Martin Griggs, 24, Simon McMillan, 23 and Dan Butler, 23, hit the headlines for their community spirit when they were spotted by CCTV operators bending the damaged bike rack in South Street back into shape.
Two of the four have already been congratulated by Boston Mayor Paul Kenny and CCTV and community safety portfolio holder Councillor Stephen Woodliffe.
CCTV footage of the lads unbending the damaged bike rack in South Street, just off the Market Place hit the nationals within hours.
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Councillor Woodliffe, who met Dean and Martin on Thursday, remembered teaching both of them maths at Boston Grammar School.
He said such public-spirited action demonstrated that young people in the town did good things and they had made him very proud.
Dean, who organised the mass unbending along with Martin, said: "We had seen the bent bike rack before. We both cycle into town and lock our bikes to the rack.
"We had been out and had a few beers when we thought we could do a good deed and straighten it up. It was too strong for just the two of us, but when we got others to help and worked out a strategy to use our leg and arm muscles we soon got it moving.
"I think we did a good job. I suppose the CCTV people and the police are more used to seeing people causing damage – especially after a night out."
Councillor Kenny said he wanted to reward the group's actions and would consider suitable recognition.
Martin added: "It's been unreal since the film went out – we've had Facebook messages and emails and loads of high-fives."
A Boston Borough Council CCTV recorded the lads activities at 3am on a town centre camera when they set about the metal bicycle rack. They used their muscle to unbend the previously-damaged thick metal hoop which had been twisted almost down to the ground.
They wrestled for 13 minutes to straighten the stand, taking great care to be sure, once they got it moving, that they got it perfectly upright.