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45 years ago...1967

FOUR Boston men clung for their lives to a tiny life raft while another swam for a quarter of an hour in the Wash to get help.

They were the crew and passengers of a fishing smack sunk after a collision.

The smack, the Drummer Boy, filled with water and sank within minutes of the collision with another Boston vessel known as the Telegraph, which suffered little damage due to taking the impact in her bows.

Both were fishing for prawns in the Wash. Aboard the Drummer Boy was crew Ray Sergeant, R. Maltby and son R. W. Maltby, and passengers Dick Jermey and Mr Thompson. Upon collision, Mr Jermey shouted: “Grab your things, she’s going down – she won’t last long.” He then ran to free the life raft from it’s nylon ropes. Three of the four men in the stern were unable to grab the raft before the boat sank and they went down with it. They were whirled about in the vortex but managed to resurface and reach the raft. Death was only inches away, according to Mr Jermey. Mr Sergeant swam to the Telegraph who then picked up the others. This was said to be the first time in living memory that two smacks from Boston had collided in the Wash.

FOR the first time since 1921, the Lincs Junior Cup Trophy was brought to Boston after Real Towell beat Grimsby Borough Police 4-2 at Boston United’s ground.

Malcolm bell captained the real side to victory and the glory of being the first Boston League side to win the trophy since Bicker Rangers 10 seasons previously.

THE new St Bede’s Roman Catholic School in Boston was officially opened by the Bishop of Nottingham, the Rt Rev E. Ellis who praised the parishioners for their efforts in making the school possible.

“This school is going to play a very important role in the life of this parish and district,” he said. “The aim of the Catholic school is to turn out good citizens.”

BOSTON-born Irene Proszek (nee Homewood), living in the USA, had sad news for her mother Mary Homewood and sister Joyce at Woodville Road, Boston. It was that Mrs Homewood’s grandson Antone Proszek, 21, her only son, had been killed in Vietnam. He was a Tank Division sergeant, having been called up for duty just 21 months previously upon finishing college.

35 years ago...1977

FEARS that a popular walk out to the sea in Freiston Shore might be closed led to the parish council to take on the might of the Home Office.

Villagers were said to be concerned because they had never been consulted over plans for further reclamation work to the north of Freiston Shore.

The plans by North Sea Camp would see workmen bulldozing down the bank used as a traditional access point for local people to walk out to the sea.

DEMOLITION work in Donington market place unearthed a Post Office directory more than 100 years old.

The premises of Mr J. Sharpe were being demolished when workmen found the directory dated 1868.

It contained the name Thomas Newcombe, saddler and harness maker. The workmen also found a number of pieces of leather under the floorboards.

PICTURE: Nearly 20 people from the Orchard Street area of Boston went on a sponsored walk to raise money for their upcoming Jubilee street party. The youngest, three-year-old Nicola Stephens, six, is seen here leading the others off while some of the mums keep an eye on them.

25 years ago...1987

BOSTON people on weekly Supplementary Benefit were to receive no cash because more than 100 DSS workers planned an all-out strike in protest at a Government pay offer. The offices were to close meaning no new claims would be handled and no payments sent out.

‘TINY’ thieves made off with more than £3,000 worth of clothes from a Boston store by crawling through a heating duct.

They beat the security system at Alix Fashion store in Tawney Street by removing a panel from the outside wall and crawling along the duct, which was as small as nine inches square in places.

NORTH Sea Camp’s future was secure after Home Secretary Douglas Hurd announced that the detention centre’s role was to change, dispelling rumours that the centre would close.

Plans would see the camp, a borstal from 1935-1963 when it became a senior detention centre for offenders aged 17-21, become an open prison for category D (low security) adults.

15 years ago...1997

BOSTON Borough Council’s new £200,000 contract services depot at Frampton Fen was opened with a flourish. Coun Ossy Snell, chairman of the District Services Board, snipped the ribbon to symbolise the start of a new era with the department now bidding for additional contracts for the modern purpose-built site at Fen Road.

FORMER Boston woman Lisa Dawson (nee Whiting) was at the centre of a national storm of protests after she and her partner were slammed for bringing ‘DIY babies’ into the world.

Lisa and her partner Dawn hit the national headlines with the Sun newspaper accusing them of ‘making a mockery of motherhood’ by both impregnating themselves with donated sperm.

The couple, who lived in Peterborough, were reported as saying they would bring up their children well in a loving home but their parenthood plans had been attacked as ‘immoral’ by the Concern for Familes and Womanhood group.

A FIRE at a house in Woad Farm Road, Boston, which destroyed a garden shed and its contents, was being treated as arson.

Firefighters were called out to the property and took half-an-hour to put the flames out which had spread to a wooden fence. Police at the scene were investigating.