Take a step down Boston’s memory lane with our nostalgia column

Richard and David with just some of the amazing puppets created for their production of Sleeping Beauty.
Richard and David with just some of the amazing puppets created for their production of Sleeping Beauty.

50 years ago...1961

PREPARATIONS were being made for the opening of Giles Secondary Modern School in Old Leake.

The report said that for the first time, children in North Holland would have the advantages of specialist teaching, equipment and facilities. The new £125,000 school was set to open on January 10.

WHILE a car was balanced precariously on the icy South Forty Foot Drain, only the bulky weight of a 16 stone man stopped it from flipping over.

All the while, freezing water was filling the car where the driver was numb with shock and cold.

It happened just before midnight on Boxing Day when his car skidded on ice. Luckily he remembered to put his car lights on and it was the sight of these in the water that led to his rescue.

The man called for help for 15 minutes before he was eventually spotted by two passing teenagers who raised the alarm at the Wheatsheaf pub.

Pub licensee Harry Fearnley ran to the aid of the man who was eventually pulled out with the help of the emergency services.

40 years ago...1971

IRISH comedian Mike Newman visited Boston to star in his first panto playing Wishee Washee in Aladdin at the Regal Theatre.

Mike had been on several television shows and radio over the Christmas period so was a well-known face at the time.

“I started off in show business at Butlins holiday camp in Skegness and now I’m starting to drift back to these parts,” he said.

A ‘VERY gallant young lady’ was awarded the Royal Humane Society testimonial in parchment for trying in vain to save the life of an eight-year-old boy at Boston baths.

Eleven-year-old Wendy Terisa Ollenbach, of Fistoft, was applauded at Boston Borough Council chambers for her brave efforts.

Mr G. W. R. Terry, Chief Con of Lincolnshire, said: “She is a very gallant young lady and a good example to young people of this world.”

30 years ago...1981

DINERS had to be evacuated from the Golden Dragon Chinese restaurant in Boston’s Market Place after a fire in the kitchen, though to have been caused by a gas explosion.

Eleven firemen fought the blaze which was contained to, but destroyed the kitchen. No one was hurt.

THE Standard’s Wyberton correspondent Tony Scrupps told a funny Christmas story that was completely true: “A six-year-old girl called Paula, after talking to Santa on the phone, ran to her mum quite disgusted, complaining Mum, that Santa Claus is a chatterbox.

“He never stops talking long enough for me to say anything. Would you please ring Santa and ask him to keep quiet while I tell him what I want for Christmas!”

20 years ago...1991

TWO of the country’s top puppeteers launched the Lincolnshire Puppet Company from their base in Boston’s London Road.

Their first production was to be the magical fairytale Sleeping Beauty which they were preparing to perform at Blackfriars Theatre.

Richard Chandler and David Vickers had travelled the world several times with their life-size ultra violet puppets.

BOSTON charity Centrepoint Outreach was appealing for donations to help the homeless in the borough.

The new charity said the homeless crisis was growing.

The charity was squeezed into a room at the back of the Centenary Methodist Church but was desperate to have separate accommodation of its own where it could feed, clothe and assess people to help them.