Step back in time to Boston in a bygone era with our weekly nostalgia column

The Standard reminded readers to take extra care on Bonfire night and printed the rules of the Firework Code to help youngsters stay safe. Pictured choosing some fireworks at J. Morley Sports was seven-year-old Stephen Pickering with his dad Tony Pickering, of Kirton End.
The Standard reminded readers to take extra care on Bonfire night and printed the rules of the Firework Code to help youngsters stay safe. Pictured choosing some fireworks at J. Morley Sports was seven-year-old Stephen Pickering with his dad Tony Pickering, of Kirton End.

45 years ago...1966

BOSTON teenagers were looking forward to the prospect of the town getting a rollerskating rink.

The rink, which would be the first in the town since the Gliderdrome fire of 1959, was discussed at a meeting of Boston Borough Council who were asked to give approval for land on the Lord Nelson field to be used.

WHEN an electrical fault caused Fred Sharp to lose command of this model aeroplane he was anxious about where it might land.

But Fred needn’t have worried about its safety as the plane eventually flew into a wall at Spalding Police Station.

Fred, who lived at Eastwood Drive, Fishtoft, was flying his models in a field near Spalding when the mishap occurred after he lost radio contact with the plane before it ran out of fuel.

Thankfully Fred had put his name and address on the plane’s wings so it was returned to him by the police.

THERE were fears a disposal of effluents in Boston Haven could seriously damage the mussel grounds off Freiston Shore.

The Eastern Sea Fisheries Joint Committee was agry about being passed over by the Lincolnshire River Authority who had agreed to a proposal whereby 140,000 gallons of liquor could be discharged in the area.

35 years ago...1976

BOSTON students were handed tuition bills for almost £100 – but many who couldn’t afford to pay were expected to end up on the dole queue.

The previous week the students were given the bad news that they would not be given grants and now had to fork out £94.50 for tuition and registration at Boston College.

The Student Union was looking to take action over the matter.

TODDLER Jason Welford was rescued from a drain by his mother. Police said the youngster had climbed over a fence and fell into the drain while playing near his home in Tattershall.

His mother was nearby and quickly pulled him out. He was taken to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital for treatment.

A SKIPPER and two crewmen from Boston escaped unharmed when their 400-tonne coaster sank in the North Sea.

The vessel, Judert II sank just two hours after being in collision with a Russian trawler. The crew were skipper and father-of-two Joseph Renton, of Sibsey, David bannisert and Michael Bradbury, both from Boston. The men described hearing a loud bang followed by their emergency alarm going off as the trawler hit – followed by the hold filling up with water and cargo floating out to sea.

The men had to jump into a life raft before paddling to the Russian trawler and finally being picked up and taken safely back to shore.

The Standard reminded readers to take extra care on Bonfire night and printed the rules of the Firework Code to help youngsters stay safe. Pictured choosing some fireworks at J. Morley Sports was seven-year-old Stephen Pickering with his dad Tony Pickering, of Kirton End.

25 years ago...1986

BOSTON Borough Council vowed to clamp down on ‘yobbos’ who had been wrecking the public toilets in the town.

The vow came at a meeting about how to improve the toilets – with some suggesting penny-in-the-slot system be installed to put off vandals.

This was ruled out for being too expensive to stall but the council said it would look at getting the toilets manned instead.

HUNDREDS of pupils were sent home on a Monday afternoon after Boston school teachers walked out in the first of a series of strikes.

Teachers’ union the NAS/UWT ordered members to take the half-day of action in protest at a draft agreement to the marathon pay dispute.

Kitwood Boys School was the worst hit with all fourth and fifth year pupils being sent home, along with four of the lower classes.

15 years ago...1996

THE Rainbow Garden Centre in Kirton was hit by a £20,000 raid – the second such raid in just over two months.

Shocked proprietor Roy Sadler said: “It was absolutely unbelievable, I walked into the shop and there was absolutely nothing left.” Roy was just about to start making security improvements at the centre when the thieves struck.

MORE than 200 complaints about fireworks were received in just over a week by Boston police.

Complaints included putting fireworks through letterboxes, setting them off in the town centre precinct and throwing them at cars and homes. Supt Noel Patterson said: “It is not just a danger to themselves but to others.”

AN UNLUCKY couple were marooned in their own home after piping up about a gas leak.

Shocked David and Carol Betts, of Sauntergate lane, Wyberton, awoke to find workmen had dug a massive hole at the foot of their drive – leaving their car stranded and Carol unable to drive to her job in Kirton. Carol was forced to miss a day’s work because of the bungle by British Gas.

BIZARRE ways to make money at Boston High School’s annual bazaar succeeded in raising almost £2,000 for school funds. Pupils ‘crazier’ ideas to raise cash included a bouncy castle in the school hall, teachers in the stocks, karaoke and clairvoyancy.