Pages from the past...dog survives barn collapse, IRA bomb hoax and Clothes Show filmed in town

Sibsey man Frank Richards with his dog Goldie which survived a barn collapsing on top of it. The pair are pictured at the site of the barn, in Willow Lane, which was destroyed during high winds.

Sibsey man Frank Richards with his dog Goldie which survived a barn collapsing on top of it. The pair are pictured at the site of the barn, in Willow Lane, which was destroyed during high winds.

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40 years ago... Goldie the labrador was seen by many to be the luckiest dog in Lincolnshire after surviving when the barn he slept in collapsed on it.

Tons of bricks and timber crashed down durin high winds that rocked the borough one night. But Goldie survived because of the stout wooden kennel he was in. His owner, Frank Richards, of Willows Lane, Sibsey, said he heard nothing during the night. But in the morning his 13-year-old daughter ran in crying after seeing the collapsed barn and believing the pet to be dead.

Mr Richards went out to inspect and heard a wimpering. He removed much of the rubble before Goldie scampered out – completely unhurt.

l A hoax caller caused alarm in Boston when they threatened to blow up the Assembly Rooms. The caller, claiming to be from the IRA, suggested there woud be two bombs at a meeting of more than 100 hospital ancillary workers the following day. No bomb was found.

20 years ago... The Clothes Show filmed its Christmas special in Boston.

Presenters Jeff Banks and Brenda Emmanus were persuaed to bring the popular BBC show to the town by youth leader Anne Dorrian.

The filming was described as a ‘glittering, memorable event’ and helped to raise £6,000 for Focus 1 youth centre and Pilgrim Hospital’s children’s ward.

l There were fears Boston could be virtually wiped on the local authority’s map under plans for a huge new super council to cover the area from the Humber to the Wash.

The suggestion, in background papers prepared by Lincolnshire County Council in its bid to have one unitary authority covering the whole vast area, was expected to cause outrage in the town.

“Boston people will not tolerate it,” said Coun Geoff Moulder. “The idea is absolutely ludicrous.”

l Mean thieves stole a child’s playhouse from a back garden in Jubilee Avenue, Boston, on a Sunday afternoon.