20 years ago...1992
ARCHAEOLOGISTS working for Heritage Lincolnshire were gradually unearthing Boston’s heritage at a site which was being developed between Shodfriars Lane and Custom House Lane.
It was believed that a medieval friary was once situated at the site.
Findings included the remains of what was believed to have been a monastery wall, remains of Victorian tenements, such as a cesspit and well, and circular structures once used as ovens.
l THE chair Prince Charles sat on when he visited Boston in the March was to be auctioned off for charity.
The chair, described as a ‘splendid buttoned and pleated red leather captain’s chair’ was provided by Cammack’s, who donated it to Pilgrim Hospital to raise money for the hospital as a raffle prize.
l LOCAL weatherman Albert Kirkham revealed Boston had enjoyed its warmest May on record for 47 years.
The year 1945 was said to be the last time temperatures were so high, with 1992’s May enjoying 275 hours of bright sunshine and temperatures up to 27.8C.
PICTURED: Ello, ello ello – tots from the Dancing Years Studio at Benington went on parade with truncheons at the ready before performing their Laughing Policeman routine at Boston Dancing Festival.
30 years ago...1982
WOODY the ram and Libby the goat were inseparable pals – and were able to continue enjoying each other’s company, thanks to Standard readers.
The crisis of possible separation arose when their owners, Sue and Richard Waller, decided to move from their home in Stone Lane, Sutterton, to Boston – which meant they had to part with their livestock.
In a bid to keep them together, the couple put an advert in The Standard offering them to a good home.
“You have to know where they’re going,” said Sue. “After all, some people might want to cook the ram for their Sunday lunch.”
Woody and Libby found a new home in Fishtoft.
l HMS Sheffield survivor Chris Megson arrived home in Bicker to a champagne reception and a sign ‘Welcome Home’ put out by his family.
Chris was serving in the Falklands on HMS Sheffield when she was hit by a missile as he was below decks.
Chris and other service personnel had to abandon ship, safely transferring to a smaller ship.
But the first his parents heard of what had happened was on the 9pm news that day, and it wasn’t until 5.45am the next morning that they discovered he was alive and well.
l A BOSTON housewife complained that a supermarket in the town had Argentine corned beef for sale on the shelves since the Falkland Islands crisis began.
But the stores, P and A supermarket, in George Street, said it was an oversight and removed the products.
l POLICE warned of possible confusion in town ahead of Boston’s Carnival Day.
Shoppers and motorists were advised to study traffic routes published in The Standard if they wanted to avoid undue delays – but also if they wanted to watch the Carnival and get up close to the parade.
40 years ago...1972
A BOSTON teenager was awarded the Royal Humane Society’s Testimonial in Velum for risking his own life to save a policeman from sinking sand.
After Denis Lucas, 18, of Peck Avenue, had located an unexploded bomb on the slimy clay mudflats at Gibraltar Point, near Skegness, a police officer accompanied him to the spot, but as they crossed the mudflats, the officer stepped into a quicksand bed from which he could not get out. As he struggled, he sank further into the mud.
He was up to his hips in mud and the surrounding water was rising when Mr Lucas seized him from behind and, after much struggling, managed to pull him out to safety.
l SURROUNDED by walls of flames and popping asbestos, a father and son dragged thousands of pounds worth of farming machinery out of a blazing shed at Amber Hill.
But beaten back by the heat they had to leave other implements to the mercy of the fire.
Fred King, 40, and son Paul, 18, fought to clear the shed after the fire started in the 60ft by 55ft concrete and asbestos building.
No one was hurt in the fire, but the damage was estimated to be in the region of £12,000.
The blaze was believed to have been caused by a spark from an electric grinder setting straw alight.
l VIOLENCE was claimed to be on the increase at Boston Grammar School and those who got away with it unpunished became heroes, so said the new issue of the school magazine ‘The Bostonian’.
The editorial said the school should adapt its role to meet society’s new standards of tolerance and permissiveness, and added: “Far better to bend a little then encourage a complete breakdown.”
Headmaster Mr P. F. Johnson said the word violence was ‘exaggerated’.
50 years ago...1962
“MOST people think I’m drunk or a drug addict,” said a speaker at a meeting of Boston and District Branch of the National Spastics Society.
The woman, from London, spoke to members about how difficult it was ‘to remember how different you seem to the rest of the world’.
“The words I make up in my head seem perfectly normal and coherent, although they get twisted on the way out,” she said. “And normal people often don’t understand what I’m saying.”
l TWO brightly-coloured go-carts were given to Freiston Hall Children’s Hospital by Swineshead League of Hospital Friends.
The children, even those who were bedridden, were able to use them by being pushed around by the stronger ones.
The matron, Miss L. R. Miners, said: “They are good for children who can’t use their legs because they can push themselves around with their arms, and the children are finding great pleasure in them.”
l SEVERAL Boston teenagers who dreamt about being famous singers or jazz musicians were gearing up for Anglia TV’s Talent Contest.
Frank Padley, 17, of Freiston Road, Boston, entered the contest as a pianist and singer.
Pamela Pick, 14, of Witham Place, entered as a pop singer along with two of her friends, Christine Newton and Audrey Elliott.
Pamela said: “We practise a lot in our front rooms and have sung in front of our music teacher who thought we were alright.”