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Archives: Boy makes headlines after ‘barging’ the Queen

Strongman Geoff Capes visited Sutterton Camping open weekend when cousins James and Steven Enderby showed Capes just how strong their grib was - on his nose.

Strongman Geoff Capes visited Sutterton Camping open weekend when cousins James and Steven Enderby showed Capes just how strong their grib was - on his nose.

1984: A cheeky Boston boy hit the national news headlines after barging his way past the Queen – which was caught on camera by tabloid snappers.

Six year-old Gavin Templeman was said to have embarrassed his mum when on a family day out in Sandringham.

He had just given a bunch of carnations to his favourite royal, the Duchess of Kent and his mum told him to run straight back to her - he did this but unfortunately the Queen and Prince Philip showhow got in young Gavin’s way, giving Fleet Street the perfect front page picture.

His mum, Daphne Templeman said: “He didn’t realise what he had done, but I could have died. He wanted to give the flowers to the Duchess of Kent, and I told him to hurry back to me or he would miss seeing the queen. So he dashed back, came up the the Queen and Prince Philip from behind, and didn’t really realise who they were.”

The family didn’t realise the national press were interested until the phone started ringing later that evening. The next day he ofund himself on the front pages of The Sun, The Mirror and The Exoress, and inside The Mail and The Star. Breakfast television and radio interviews followed.

However, after the excitement Gavin penned a letter of apology to the Queen.

A cheeky thief stole the key to the cell block beneath Boston courthouse while a court was in session.

A search of the building failed to find the key - but it was mysteriously returned. Staff there said there was no danger of the prisoners getting gout, it was just an annoyance. A few yards away - there was trouble in the county buiilding when someone smeared excrement over a wall and staff bicycles.

The police were investigating both incidents.

PICTURE: Strongman Geoff Capes visited Sutterton Camping open weekend when cousins James and Steven Enderby showed Capes just how strong their grib was - on his nose.

 

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