Can’t beat a bit of Bully with The Standard’s weekly nostalgia column

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20 years ago: 1992

NINETY-ONE geese found at Frampton and Kirton RSPB reserves were feared to have died from chemical poisoning.

The Ministry of Agriculture was investigating the deaths of the dark-bellied Brent geese by carrying out post mortems on half of them.

The geese, from Greenland and Canada, come to England in the winter to feed.

l THE removal of the ‘silly’ cobbles in Boston’s Church Lane was called for as part of the borough’s enhancement scheme for some of the town centre lanes.

Some £30,000 had been set aside to work on the lanes, which included Angel Court, Park Gate, Mastins Court and Threadneedle Street.

At a meeting, Coun Alec Cutting said he had no objection to the programme but said the ‘silly idea’ of the cobble stones in Church Lane should be reconsidered, pointing out it was very difficult to push a pram down there.

Pictured: TV Bullseye star Jim Bowen had a royal welcome when he visited Boston’s Royal George pub for a spot of cabaret one Sunday lunchtime. Landlord Dave O’Sullivan and the regulars said ‘cheers’ by way of welcome – even if he didn’t have Bully with him.

30 years ago: 1982

A FIVE second whirlwind left a mile-long trail of destruction across Surfleet on a Wednesday afternoon, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage. Surprisingly no-one was seriously hurt but there were plenty of people with tales of ‘lucky escapes’.

The freak wind first struck without any warning at Elsoms Seeds Ltd trial ground at the side of the main Boston to Spalding road. Conceret posts carrying a big signboard were snapped off and the wooden sign was flung across three cars leaving two of them write-offs. A sturdy portable office cabin was also lifted from the ground onto its end before crashing back down again.

l THREE-year-old Jason Blanchard’s restless night’s sleep may have saved his life. The youngster had climbed into his mother Judith’s bed earlier in the night, but later his restlessness and coughing kept waking her. Thankfully it was this that kept her awake and later alerted her to the fire which has raging through their home in Bull Drove, Wrangle.

The fire had started in her son’s bedroom after an electrical fault in the water heater switchgear, and had spread to other rooms. Mrs Blanchard got Jason out safely and ran to a neighbour’s who raised the alarm.

l MEMBERS of Boston and District Trades Council was calling for caning to be stopped in Lincolnshire schools. A letter was to be sent to the County Council’s Education Department saying that the Trades Council wanted to put a stop to it.

l Boston College students went on the march to protest cuts in grants and the Government’s new ‘training initiative programme’. Student’s Union president Jane Clark said the march from the college to the Municipal Building and County Hall was part of the nationally-organised Grant Action Week. Jane said students felt they were getting a ‘raw deal’.

40 years ago: 1972

LEAP Year’s Day babies from the Boston area were born at Pilgrim Hospital, presenting birthday conundrums for their parents.

A child born on February 29 was a challenge enough, but for Wendy Rose, of Boston, it was doubly difficult as she gave birth to twins. But Mrs Rose and husband Peter were thrilled with their twin girls Samantha and Stephanie.

Two other mothers who had babies on the ‘funny’ date were Betty Swain, of Fishtoft, and Pamela Rawlings, of Swineshead. “It seems rather a shame that they wont have a proper birthday, but my little girl will have her parties on March 1 instead,” said Mrs Swain.

l A MAN who attacked an unemployed farm labourer and left him tied up was being hunted by police. The victim, a 52 year-old man, was alone in his bungalow in Gedney Drove End when he heard a knock on his bedroom window at midnight. He went out to investigate and was seized by a man who pushed him back inside and tied his hands and feet. The intruder then carried out a search and made off with £10 and a safe. The victim was unhurt and managed to untie himself before raising the alarm with a neighbour.

l POLICE were investigating the discovery of a pile of woman’s clothing on the North Forty Foot Bank at Swineshead. The pile was neatly folded and ranged from coat to shoes and a complete set of underclothes. Frogmen carried out an underwater search but without result.

l Archers from Pilgrim Bowmen had been keeping their eye in during the winter in a novel way by taking on darts players. The archers used their spectacular equipment while the darts players stuck to their conventional ‘arrows’. The Bowmen who took on the New Nelson darts players were, from left, Roy Homewood, Dick Bland, Gail Clayton, Harry Hawkins, Audrey Hawkins, Ian Clayton and Peter Harrison.

70 years ago: 1942

DURING a Home Guard exercise at Boston a party of volunteers were concealed behind a hedge on the outskirts of the town. The men were covering a stretch of the railways lines, looking out for enemy activity with an air of expectancy when one of them was suddenly and silently attacked from behind – by a goose.

The volunteer was ‘violently assaulted’ in the rear by the cheeky gander which had strayed from the nearby poultry farm. The ‘enemy’ took a fair deal of shaking off before it would let go.

It was reported that thankfully there were no casualties on either ‘side’.

l A GRAPHIC picture of family life in Poland under the German occupation was painted by a distinguished Polish woman. She was speaking at the first International Night of the Boston and District Business and Professional Women’s Clubs in the Peacock and Royal Hotel.

The large crowd listened intently as she spoke about the German atrocities and vividly described the inhuman brutalities of the conquerors. She told how everything possible was done to break the morale of the people and family life no longer existed in Poland. In spite of her sufferings, she declared that her ‘heart and soul lives, hoped and fights’.

l A WARNING went out from ‘The Sentinel’ columnist in The Standard about ‘an orgy of drinking’ which had been reported to have taken place at a dance in Boston.

They wrote: “An informant said that girls in their teens were obviously under the influence of drinking and declared that one girl actually lapsed into insensibility and had to be carried out.” He warned that if such behaviour persisted, Boston dances could lose their licensed bars.

l AN URGENT call was put out to all farmers to speed up their threshing. When the conditions were right, farmers were expected to keep their threshing machines going as long as daylight hours permitted.