15 years ago...1997
FORMER Boston man Len Medlock founder of the Medlock Trust, gave £750,000 to build a voluntary centre in the car park next to the Lincoln Lane bus station.
The centre was approved at the community forum meeting and the planning forum.
l THANKS to a generous gesture by an American historian, a rare book with ancient Boston connections was able to join the archives at the Stump. The book was written by the Rev John Cotton, vicar of Boston in the early 17th century, and took the form of an exposition of part of the New Testament. As a prized and highly-collectible volume, it could have commanded a high price, but Leroy King, of Tennessee, US, thought a book with such powerful links to Boston, UK, should rightly have its home in the town so he travelled to Boston with a friend to hand it over. John Orange, the church’s library custodian described the book as ‘priceless’.
l SWAN rescuer David Elston visited pupils of Sibsey Free School to talk about his unusual occupation. The youngsters listened as David told them how he spent the previous 10 years going out to injured birds in the Boston area and nursing them back to health at his Carrington home before releasing them back into the wild.
l A BOSTON man launched a heartfelt plea to try to bring his famous boxer uncle’s gold belt back home. Arthur Cuthbert, nephew of Boston’s adopted former British boxing champion, Johnny Cuthbert, was desperate to find the whereabouts of the Lonsdale belt won in the 1920s.
“It means a lot to me,” said Arthur. “If needed, I would re-mortgage my house to get it.” Johnny died 10 years previously, aged 83. He was feather and lightweight champion in the 1920s, losing just 29 of his 249 fights. He sold the gold belt in 1971 when ‘times were hard’.
25 years ago...1987
A TREASURE trove inquest into gold coins found on a Surfleet farm was to be heard. The coins were dug up by the farmer and sparked off national interest among archaeologists and museums with the site of the find being kept a closely-guarded secret for fear of a gold rush by treasure hunters.
Boston coroner Marcus Gunning said: “Preliminary investigation indicates that the coins may be late 14th century gold nobles of the Edward III or Richard II periods.”
l RESIDENTS in Main Road, Leverton, concerned by a dyke they considered dangerous, were to get it filled in quicker that expected. After a petition was sent to the council’s planning department, it was understood this would quicken an existing county council scheme to pipe and fill in the dyke.
l LOCAL youngsters were busy planting more than 1,000 trees to create a nature reserve at Frampton’s Roads Farm. The young people cleared ponds and made bird watchers’ hides as part of a project to see more wildlife return to the area.
l KIRTON Secondary School pupil Kieron Cocks became the new national Tae-Kwondo champion for his age after winning a tough competition in Peterborough. Fourteen-year-old Kieron fought in the under-16 section against older boys but he still managed to take the total in the All England Championships.
35 years ago...1977
THREE puppies were rescued from drowning in the North Forty Foot Drain, off langrick Road. They were found floundering in the water by a dog walker before being rescued and handed over to the RSPCA.
RSPCA Insp Phil Pidcock said they must have been dumped there by someone who did not want them. “This sort of thing really is disgusting,” he said.
l DESPITE bad weather, five of the Falcons RAF parachute display team managed to drop into Boston’s Central Park as part of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations – just one hour after jumping at Coningsby Air Display.
l A BOSTON teenager received one of the highest awarded by the Royal Humane Society for rescuing a fisherman from icy seas off Chapel St Leonards the previous December.
Martin Parker, 18, an apprentice butcher, of Lindis Road, received a bronze medal and certificate for saving the life of a Boston area fisherman when the boat he and a fellow fisherman were in capsized after being struck by a huge wave. Martin was on the beach with his mother when he saw the incident and despite the cold and rough sea he stripped off his outer clothing and went into the sea to help the men, pulling one of them ashore.
Martin tried to re-enter the sea for the second man, who could not be seen, but was prevented from doing so by people on the beach. The second fisherman’s body was later recovered.
PICTURED ABOVE: A fancy dress party formed part of the celebrations for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee at Boston’s Ingelow Avenue. Nine-year-old Darren Holland thought of a novel way of catching The Standard photographer’s eye – by going dressed as The Lincolnshire Standard.
45 years ago...1967
POWERFUL speedboats on the River Witham in Boston were breaking speed limits and causing damage to moored cabin cruisers and the river bank, it was claimed.
The allegations were made by a member of the Boston Motor Yacht Club who had a boat moored near Sluice Bridge. The man told The Standard speed boats had broken crockery and thrown equipment around on several cruisers and warned if no action was taken there would be a ‘breach of the peace in the near future’.
l BLACK Sluice Internal Drainage Board excavations at Wyberton unearthed an 18th century silver pepper pot. It was found by Harry Eastick, of St Nicholas Road, Boston, who thought at first it was just a bit of old iron. He poliched it up and took it to the police station. Checks made on the hallmark revealed it to originate back to 1783.
l CANDID Camera’s king spoofer Bill Kellie visited Boston to officially open the new High Street Fabric Centre. The shop was full of housewives when the tall presenter arrived. He wished the shop all the success in the town before greeting crowds outside and signing autographs.
l ONE of Boston’s few remaining windmills was demolished. Known as Day’s Windmill, in Sleaford Road, it was a provender mill until 1928 when grains put it out of action. The mill was pulled down by its owners at the time, W. Lee and sons to make way for a new seed house.