BBC presenter John Craven comes to town in this week’s Nostalgia column!

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20 years ago...1992

A TV crew and presenter John Craven were in Boston to film scenes for BBC’s Countryfile programme. The crew were recording the arrival of a new addition to the local transport network. The new trains were said to be big enough for the number of passengers that used them on a daily basis, but could be coupled together with another coach if there was an increased demand.

Picture: TV presenter John Craven climbs aboard the new class 153 single coach train that was to go into service on the Boston line after its staring role in BBC’s Countryfile.

l FARMERS were concerned there would be severe restrictions on water irrigation that summer which could have a severe impact on the quality of their produce. David Hill, of the National Farmers’ Union said: “With our unpredictable climate we may be getting worried about nothing – but it is certain that if we do get another hot, dry summer we are going to be in real trouble.”

l A NEW rail station at Donington was recommended as part of a £3 million package to save and modernise the Doncaster to Peterborough railway line.

l BICYCLES big and small, and those with up to five seats, to the roads when Boston Veteran Cycle Club held its annual rally. Some 78 riders dressed in period costumes turned out for the event.

30 years ago...1982

l TWO former Boston and Donington teachers and their six-month-old baby twins were reported safe and well at their home in the invaded Falkland Islands. Val and Robert Rutterford sent a telegram to their family in Horncastle to reassure them they were okay. l CONCERNED relatives put forward a message to BBC World Service for it to be included with their messages to be broadcast to the Falklands. The Rutterford’s flew 8,000 miles to Port Stanley for a three-year engagement to teach at Darwin on East Falkland Island.

l A LOCAL football referee threatened to quit the game completely after becoming a victim of a second assault in his 14 years as a referee. The 42-year-old abandoned the Boston League game after allegedly being punched to the ground by a player, sustaining cuts and bruises to his eye and mouth.

He told The Standard: “I’m absolutely disgusted. I cancelled all my engagements for the rest of the season and the way I feel at the moment I shall quit football completely.”

l BOSTON had a new ‘first lady of sport’. Maria Potter, 89, won the hearts of 200 people gathered at the Assembly Rooms to witness the presentation of Boston and District Sports Council’s annual awards. Maria received a trophy for the Senior Sporting Personality of the Year for continuing to play indoor bowls despite her age. A bowler for 60 years, she received a unanimous vote from the judges. The junior Sport Personality of the Year was 16-year-old Darren Kent, for his achievements in Judo.

l A TEAM from Giles School in Old Leake were the ‘champions of Lincolnshire’ - after winning the county schools teams chess under-14 section title.

40 years ago...1972

l A BOSTON lorry driver discovered a ‘squatter’ had made a home in his vehicle. Maurice Loveday, a driver with the Hoekstra Trading Company in Boston, left the lorry parked in the yard in Marsh Lane on a Thursday night. But when he returned to it after the weekend he found a blackbird had built a nest near the engine and laid four eggs.

l A WOMAN returned to her car in Bargate Green car park in Boston and drove happily off. But a few minutes later she realised the car was not in fact hers. It was the same make, model and colour – and the ignition key fitted perfectly. As soon as the realisation hit she drove straight back – to find the anxious owner practically jumping up and down on the spot.

l BOSTON’S ‘pirate radio station’ Radio Orion was being investigated by the GPO engineer’s department at Peterborough. The station started transmitting on a Sunday afternoon. The records were interspersed with brief intervals of silence and did not have the customary DJ-style intros.

70 years ago...1942

l THE mother and fiancée of a Boston sailor who was to marry on his next leave learned on Good Friday that he was ‘missing, presumed killed’. This telegraphed information was later confirmed by a letter in which little hope was expressed. The young man was Able Seaman William Edward Newton, who had taken part in a number of naval actions in the Mediterranean. His fiancée, Marjorie Jones, of Kirton, also had two brothers serving in the forces.

l A SERIOUS collision involving two horse-drawn vehicles and a motor car occurred at the junction of West Street and Bridge Street, Boston. No-one, including the horses, were injured in the accident, but the drays were severely damaged. John Wm Clark, of Boston, was standing on the front of the furniture dray when it was hit and was thrown off by the impact but was uninjured.

l A ‘SHOCKING tragedy’ befell a man and woman in an east coast minefield. An airman from Newcastle and his wife were taking a Sunday stroll when they heard the sounds of someone moaning. They followed the noise and when the husband saw a woman lying on the ground he made his way down a path towards her. As he did so there was an explosion and he was seriously injured. His wife was knocked to the ground, sustaining injuries to her shoulder and arm. She was able to escape the area by backtracking over their path – but both her husband and the woman died from their injuries. The last thing the woman heard her husband say was: “I’m now gone.”