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

Larry the unwanted lamb was adopted by a family of pigs.
Larry the unwanted lamb was adopted by a family of pigs.

45 years ago…1966

IT WAS expected colour television would come to Lincolnshire by 1969.

Around 80 per cent of the population of the country wes looking forward to getting colour TV by the end of 1968.

IT LOOKED just like a tale-come-true from a children’s’ story book down on Sam Haines’ farm at Coningsby.

There, Sam’s Landrace sow, who had already given birth to six piglets, had taken on another member of the family – Larry the unwanted lamb.

Larry’s mother ignored him at birth, causing concerns whether he would survive – especially when he refused to drink from a bottle.

But then along came his foster mother who accepted Larry as part of her family. The Haines family said they had never come across such a strange relationship before on the 400 acre farm – and their vet said he had only ever heard of lambs being raised by cows – not sheep.

LORRY driver Kenneth John Caunt, of Donington, had a lucky escape when he was left trapped inside his cabin following a road collision. His vehicle collided with a bread van near Bicker and he was trapped by his legs when the steering wheel column was crushed. He was cut free by firemen and escaped with only bruised legs.

25 years ago…1986

CARRINGTON Primary School governors were 100 per cent against proposals to close their school because of falling rolls and said they would fight to keep it open.

‘Surprise and dismay’ were the governors reaction who said that although there were only 26 pupils, there would soon be 41 with the numbers set to go up. Lincolnshire County Council policy was to consider the closure of schools with fewer than 30 pupils.

BOSTON dock broke a new record in handling just under one-and-a-half million tonnes of traffic the previous year.

The port celebrated its first ‘magic million’ at the end of 1979.

The trade figures represented a massive turnaround in the council-owned dock’s fortunes since the late 1960s, when traffic was only at the half a million tonne mark.

STUDENTS from Boston College took part in a Rag Week with seven days of ‘silly things’ to raise cash for local charities.

Activities included a three-legged pub crawl around Boston, two days of sponsored parachute jumps, a ‘bad-taste’ fashion day and ‘silly sports’.

15 years ago…1996

GUTSY young marine Jamie Bryant was determined not to let anything spoil his Easter wedding – not even a broken back and two broken legs!

Jamie, 21, from Swineshead, fell 50 feet while abseiling in Scotland the previous week with some of his colleagues from the Royal Marines.

He was lucky not to have been killed but doctors told him he might be paralysed and he should postpone the wedding. But Jamie, who had been a marine since leaving Boston Grammar School aged 16, was a fighter and determined to go through with his wedding day as was planning the big day from his hospital bed with fiancée Nichola Lemming.

BOSTON landed a huge ‘prize’ in the National Lottery – nearly half a million pounds in the latest share-out for sport.

Members of the town’s tennis club were celebrating news of the bonanza, as it meant work on a prestigious £825,000 outdoor tennis centre would begin in the summer. “This is turning a pipe dream into a reality,” said club secretary Frank Cammack. “It’s an exciting venture for the whole town.”

THIRTEEN vehicles were involved in two pile-ups on a Monday morning as fog descended on the Boardsides in Boston.

Police had to block off the road at the Sleaford road end and at Hubberts Bridge after five cars collided. Minutes later, eight vehicles were involved in a separate smash. Amazingly, only three people received minor injuries.