From our archives: Olly had ‘irritable owl syndrome’

Mrs Dobson with Olly the irritable Little Owl

Mrs Dobson with Olly the irritable Little Owl

1979: Olly the irritable owl may have been taken in by a kindly Benington woman – but the beaky thing wasn’t so kind to the rest of her family.

The invalid bird – which had injured legs put in plaster at the vets – was rescued by Muriel Dobson who nursed it back to health on a diet of chopped liver mixed with hair combed from the family’s golden retreiver Bentley.

Mrs Dobson was the first to admit the invalid bird had some curious habits, but after four weeks with it – she came to look on Olly as part of the family. Husband Eddie, wasn’t so keen after the bird nipped him with its powerful beak – and would have a go at anyone else.

But for Mrs Dobson he had only love, and would nuzzle and gently nibble against her hand. Olly, a Little Owl, was brought to the Dobsons by friends whoaccidentally struck it with their car.

There were hopes he would recover and be returned to the wild - but Mrs Dobson was preparing for having to look after him indefintely by researching Little Owls. The couple were also building an aviary in their garden.

Lincolnshire fire and rescue warned people about creating potential petrol bombs by hoarding fuel in unsuitable containers in their car. Garages were restricting sales to customers with fuel supplies still unsettled – so the brigade was urging people not to stock up this way for long journeys.

1999: Teachers were hitting back at a ‘yobbo culture of beer and skittles’ that they said had undervalued Boston’s brightest schoolkids.

Four schools in the area teamed up to crack the ‘culture’ by setting up an after-school maths scheme, the first meeting of which was held at Staniland School.

Sibsey Free Primary School’s teacher Janet Corcoran said: “This is absolutely vital. We are a country that doesn’t value our gifted children. We have a yobbo culture of beer and skittles.”

There were fears among shopkeepers that West Street was to become a ‘ghost town’ if proposals for a multiplex cinema didn’t get off the ground quickly.

They were worried the proposed scheme was not going ahead as no plans had been officially lodged. It was felt the empty premises were having a detrimental effect on the area.

1969: The Wash escaped the threat of nuclear waste being dumped and buried by company Nirex after much campainging against the plans.

The news was broken to triumphant campaigners at the nuclear ‘nightmare’ they had all feared would not be arriving in south Lincolnshire.

The Standard was the first to reveal the announcement to Boston Wash Watch chairman Tony Williams. He said: “Tremendous, it’s the power of public opinion that’s won.”

Boston and Skegness MP Sir Richard Body was one of the key players against the plans - which took two years of campaigning, a mass petition and protest in every corner of south Lincolnshire.

Dog owners in Boston were asked to take note as a new ‘poop scoop’ bylaw was approved by the Home Office for Central Park, Woodville Road playing field and Burgess Pit, off Freiston Road.

The borough council’s dog warden was said to be on the prowl to ensure that dog owners were removing their pets’ deposits.

A spokesman for the council said the warden had yet to catch a dog ‘in the act’ - but when he did, ‘prosecution was likely to ensue’.

Violent crime and road accidents rose in Boston during 1988, but overall crime dropped by five per cent.




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