Take a step back into Boston’s history with our weekly nostalgia column

Fascinated by a colourful speckled starling ' children at Carrington County Primary School get a closer look at the common, but beautiful bird.
Fascinated by a colourful speckled starling ' children at Carrington County Primary School get a closer look at the common, but beautiful bird.

45 years ago...1966

THE most expensive scheme in the history of Boston was completed.

After 30 years of planning and eight years of actual work – involving thousands of man-hours and disruption of the town’s streets – the epic £780,000 West Side Sewerage Story was at an end.

Some 5,000 homes could now breathe an odourless sigh of relief as the scheme provided a mains drainage link to every home in the borough boundary.

WORLD Cup fever hit the country thanks mainly to the efforts of Fisher Clark and Co. The reason was the firm was printing thousands of World Cup Willie labels and stickers each week which were being used to decorate cars, envelopes, motorcycle helmets and shop windows.

In Boston itself, youngsters were walking around with ‘Willies’ stuck on the back of their coats – wearing pictures of the happy little lion symbol.

BOSTON borough got its first resident RSPCA inspector at the East Lincolnshire branch. This was after 60 years of the branch being in existence.

WYBERTON Primary School was desperately short of teachers according to the head teacher Mr T. Scott. Mr Scott was appealing for help from any teachers in the district who did not already hold a post.

45 years ago...1976

AN INCREASE in bus fares sparked a protest by schoolchildren from Wyberton.

More than 40 walked to and from their secondary school in Kirton rather than pay the extra fare. The two-mile walk from the Pincushion Inn bus stop to the school gates meant they were half-an-hour late in the mornings.

The price had risen by 4p to 26p. The pupils and parents were demanding a free school bus service.

FOUR Boston hospitals were set to close and one was to see a change of use when the second phase of the ‘massive’ Pilgrim Hospital was to become operational later in the year.

A FREAK storm hit Lincolnshire and Humberside on a Sunday evening. One car driver received slight injuries when a telegraph pole fell onto his car in Wythes Lane, Fishtoft. The Boston area escaped relatively unscathed with no serious injuries or damage to property being reported.

IT WAS hoped work on developing a gypsy caravan site for Boston would start immediately after a Lincolnshire County Council meeting later in May. The hope was expressed by the chairman of the county social services committee, Coun Frank Eccleshare. The development would provide six permanent pitches and 14 pitches for transit vans at a cost of no more than £30,000.

25 years ago...1986

A FORMER Leverton man was killed while running a marathon in his adopted New Zealand. The 29-year-old who had been living in he country for 10 years, was believed to have turned off route and become ‘distressed’ before being hit by a passing car.

TWO primary schools were named as candidates for likely closure.

The county council’s schools sub-committee decided to start discussions about the future of Carrington and Leverton primaries because of falling rolls.

Council policy was to consider closure of schools with fewer than 30 pupils. Leverton had 14 and Carrington had 26.

CARRINGTON County Primary School’s senior class of 14 pupils had been doing a topic on birds which included putting food out to help their feathered friends through the cold spell. Gordon Priestly, a licensed bird ringer, visited to give a presentation on birds. Mr Priestly and other ringers caught birds humanely in special nets and put rings on their legs to monitor movement and lifespan.

15 years ago...1996

IN SPITE of ‘controversy’ over the appointment of a female deacon at Boston Stump, parishioners down the road at St Thomas’s were offering a warm welcome to their new female vicar.

The Rev Jean Blanchard was ordained priest in St Alban’s Abbey two years previously. “She is known as a straight-talking priest who is very successful at drawing more people to the church through her pastoral care and she is hard-working, sensitive and well-trained,” said church wardens Dave Bedford and Christine Stephens in the monthly parish letter.

LOCAL MP Sir Richard Body was preparing to push the case to save North Sea Camp prison when he met prisons’ minister Ann Widdecombe.

“I am hoping that under no circumstances will the prison close,” Mr Body said. “It contributes to the local economy and virtually all the staff have settled down to live among us.” A Government review of open prisons was underway and it was expected that some would close around the country.

WILLOUGHBY Road residents warned the council there would be a road fatality there if action was not taken to stop speeding vehicles.

Councillors heard residents’ fears regarding the speeding and poor lighting on the road. There was no 30mph repeat signs and one section of the road had no footpath. Resident George Bishop said: “The words awareness, education and prevention are far better than ‘if only we had acted sooner’.”

PUPILS at Conway School took a step back into the past when the school held a special Victorian day to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Teachers and pupils dressed in period costumes and enjoyed special history classes on the era.