45 years ago...1967
GALE force winds which swept the country reached a peak in the Boston area.
Several roads in the area were blocked by fallen trees but no injuries were reported. Fallen trees also damaged garden sheds, greenhouses and roof tiles.
IRATE parents in Bicker were fighting to save the life of the 100-year-old village school which was under threat of closure in a reorganisation of education in the Holland area.
Some 50 local people attended a public meeting in the school building and came out unanimously in favour of a petition to Holland County Education Committee stressing their opposition to any proposal of closure.
AN OUTBREAK of German measles (Rubella) hit Boston but local reports indicated there was no reason to fear an epidemic.
Spot checks with Boston doctors on the number of patients they had treated during one week indicated that approximately 100 people had gone down with the disease.
TWO young Boston girls appealed to The Standard to help them find a bride that they could be bridesmaids to.
Penelope and Felicity Allen, of River Way, had no-one within their family or circle of friends who was likely to be married in the near future – but they refused to give up hope.
The sisters used to play ‘weddings’ with dolls in bridal clothes but they really wanted to see a real bride. Felicity, nine, said: “I would wear a pretty dress and have flowers in my hair and carry a bouquet.” Penelope, six, added: “I would like to walk behind the bride and perhaps wear a pink dress.”
35 years ago...1977
GANGS of hooligans had become such a problem in a Boston store that bouncers had been employed to deal with them.
Oldrids, in Strait Bargate, made the decision in a bid to protect their customers from rowdy behaviour and bad language which they said had increased – especially on Saturdays. The problem was highlighted when a young boy assaulted one of the store directors.
“We are now looking for some strong chaps to control the youngsters who have been so disorderly recently,” said Bob Isaac.
“If people can’t behave themselves, we don’t want them in the store.”
THREE Boston children were called ‘marathon swim kids’ after swimming 10 miles at Boston Swimming Baths.
Karen Massam, 10, Alison Worthington, 12, and Howard Menzies, 11, each swam 650 lengths in just over seven and a half hours.
It was a marathon test for their parents too – they spent the whole time at the poolside counting the lengths.
THE driver of an articulated lorry had a lucky escape when his vehicle crashed into an electricity pole in Donington.
The driver, from the Spalding area, walked free from the wreckage unhurt.
Picture: Carnival queen’s beware! A dozen ‘beauties’ faced the judges in the fourth annual drag queen competition staged at the packed-out Ship Inn, in London Road, Boston. Frazer Smith, of Wyberton (bottom, right) was the eventual winner. The close runner-up was Steve Bagley, of London Road (back row, second left). The finalists drag names included Miss Isle, Miss Laid, Miss Demeanour and Miss Take.
25 years ago...1987
KIRTON man Harry Ansell demanded a memorial service for a missing wartime bomber crew after discovering they were secretly buried without military honours.
Mr Ansell’s 22-year-old brother Albert was a navigator for the Lancaster Bomber and said he was furious as relatives were never informed when the plane was found nine years previously off the coast of Holland.
“It is absolutely amoral,” he said. “The Ministry of Defence never informed any of the relatives in 1978 when the Lancaster was found and if they had, three of the relatives, who have since died, would have known what happened to their children.”
Mr Ansell wrote to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher about it and she passed the letter on to the MOD.
BOGUS social services officials were at large in the Boston area and police were urging residents not to be duped by them. The men were reportedly trying to enter homes by posing as council workmen too.
TELEVISION viewers were perched on the edge of their seats to watch the Boston Grammar School team win the final of BBC’s First Class quiz show.
It was a nail-biting finish with everything hinged on the final question, but Boston held firm to defeat a rival school from Amersham.
The winning trio were David Dunham, Andrew Cumming and Amit Datta, who won a camp for their school.
FIVE Boston people were swept off their feet when Jim Davidson sent a chauffeur-driven car to take them to his wedding at Bristol’s posh Grand Hotel.
Yvonne Shepperd, her husband Bryan and son Matthew, of Marsh Lane, and Ron and Pauline Lee, of New Hammond Road, who were friends of Jim’s, were pleased to see him tie the knot for the third time.
“We were treated like millionaires for the day,” said Mrs Shepperd. “It was just like being at the Ritz.”
15 years ago...1997
FIREFIGHTERS came to the aid of a pedestrian who was knocked unconscious by a falling ‘For Sale’ sign.
Wayne Sharpe, of Kings Crescent, Boston, was passing the old Haven cinema when high winds dislodged the wooden board from the building. A fire crew saw the incident and came to his rescue.
He was taken to Pilgrim Hospital but not detained.
POLICE issued a warning about a 100-year-old shotgun which was stolen from a Wrangle farm.
A spokesman said: “This weapon is in a dangerous condition.
“It has been soldered together and if used is likely to explode.”
The 12-bore side-by-side shotgun was among £2,500 worth of property stolen from the farm in Broadgate.
ORGANISERS of the historic voyage of the Endeavour issued an urgent message for the people of Boston: “Hello, Sailors!”
They were keen to recruit local men and women with seafaring experience as crew members on the Great Yarmouth to Boston leg of the trip.
They wanted to ensure that when the replica of Captain Cook’s vessel arrived in the port for a few days stay in May that there were Boston people on board.