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Mr Molsom of Sibsey with the brown tap water he believes left him with attacks of diarrhoea.
Mr Molsom of Sibsey with the brown tap water he believes left him with attacks of diarrhoea.

40 years ago...1971

SIBSEY businessman Eric Molsom was angry that tap water in his home was tainted brown with sediment and had been for some time.

Holding up a bottle of the brown water, Mr Molsom, of Vicarage Lane, said: “This is the stuff my wife is expected to do her washing in.”

He added: “In the past we have been troubled with mild attacks of diarrhoea and it must be the water that’s causing it!” Mr Molsom was advised to report the problem to the East Lincs Water Board.

HOTPANTS were all the rage in Boston with the new fashion trend being shown off by local girls just days after being displayed in Paris fashion houses.

Despite the cold February weather, hotpants were selling like hot cakes in the town. Lime Lite Boutique, in Dolphin Lane, sold out of theirs in just one day and had to order in 100 more pairs to meet the demand.

‘SEX, sex…and more sex’ was said to be the staple diet of Boston cinemagoers after a buttocks and bosoms boom at the town’s two cinemas.

For the previous fortnight, both the Regal and the Classic were offering all-sex X-rated programmes, but the films themselves were anything but classic or regal. Titles included School For Sex, Sexy Susan Sins Again and Do You Want To Remain a Virgin Forever?.

According to Ralph Howden, owner of the Regal, and Marshall Robertson, manager of the Classic, the swing to screen sex was a national trend and likely to continue for some time.

20 years ago...1991

BOSTON people rallied to the call to donate items to soldiers serving in the Gulf. Since launching an appeal for donated items, Greenline taxi driver Emily Asky was inundated with everything from shaving cream and talcum powder, to tea bags and biscuits. “I didn’t expect anything like this,” said Mrs Asky who started the appeal after reading about a soldier who received no letters from home. Others were reportedly having problems getting day-to-day essential items like toiletries.

CLASS numbers halved in many schools as a flu-type virus ‘raged’ through the Boston area. Primary schools were the worst hit with younger children being particularly vulnerable to the cough-and-cold virus.

LOCAL emergency services were gearing themselves up to cope with heavy snowfall and high winds following the worst weather forecast in Boston for years. Police warned drivers setting out for long car journeys to take extra precautions while Boston fire brigade was preparing to use their station as a shelter for people trapped in the snow.