Gale blows pensioner off bike, Boston students stage protest and theories over King John’s lost treasure - Pages from the Past

Boston College students walked out of lessons and picked outside the college building in protest again a Government bill whch would reduce funding for some courses.

Boston College students walked out of lessons and picked outside the college building in protest again a Government bill whch would reduce funding for some courses.

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Hurricane-like conditions and strong gales across Boston managed to blow a pensioner off his moped as he rode through the town.

The 65 year-old was taken to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital with a broken ankle after the accident in London Road.

The high winds put phones out of action when lines came down across the Wst End Drove side of Fishtoft Drove.

Police were also called to Main Ridge, Boston, when roof tiles flew off the Furness premises, damaging a parked car.

On the A17 between Sutterton and Fosdyke, a high-sided lorry was forced to pull over to avoid being overturned by the heavy cross winds.

l Students at Boston College staged a half-day strike and protest with the resounding cry of ‘Back off Baker’ aimed at the Government’s education secretary.

Kenneth Baker came under fire from the Student Union after revealing his ‘great’ education reform bill which was said to reduce funding for some courses and show ‘favouritism’ towards those able to attract sponsorship.

An estimated 500 students protested in Boston on the day after walking out of lessons. They picketed outside the college as police had not allowed them to form a larger demonstartion in the town centre.

l A story of a king’s lost treasure told by Swineshead monks centuries ago, had dowsers and professors scurrying around Fenland fields.

Every few years a different group claimed to have located King John’s baggage train which sank into the Fenland Marsh 772 years previously. An article in the Sunday Times said two groups claimed the treasure was to be found 30ft beneath a footpath in King’s Lynn – but their suggested locations were 11 miles apart.