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

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70 years ago

COULD this be classed as positive fly tipping? Farmers in every Lincolnshire village were being called upon to set aside land for locals to dump their scrap metal.

The move was described as a ‘vigorous win-the-war effort’.

A Standard commentary stated: “Farmers who start now will be helping along the day when our tanks, guns, ships and planes will be too much for the Nazi war machine.”

DOING its bit for our troops was the St James’ junior congregation in Boston.

It held a concert to raise £3, which funded six parcels that were sent out to Prisoners of War.

Included in the parcels were biscuits, cheese, chocolate, herrings, apple pudding, jam, margarine, meat loaf, beef, soap, sugar, tea, Ovaltine and, of course, 50 cigarettes.

AN inspection of gas masks in Boston was labelled a failure.

A lack of notification meant few turned up to have theirs checked over, with many masks – belonging to both young and old - being found to be defective.

SOVIET Russia was ‘an example’ to us all.

That was the message from Boston’s Socialist Mayor Ald R. Salter.

Addressing a meeting called Aid For Russia at the Scala Theatre, he stated ‘everyone is cared for’.

The Standard quoted him saying that ‘the Soviet Union has brought practically wild tribes and others into a civilised way of life’.

50 years ago

IT WOULDN’T happen these days!

Pupils at Algarkirk Primary School were holding their PE lessons... in the village’s rectory loft.

Three times a week, kids climbed ropes and frames and tumbled on mats in the roof above former stables.

Headteacher A.E. Gedney admitted ‘part of the floor needs repairing’ but added ‘the plaster has never fallen down when we’ve been in the loft’.

BOSTON boat owner Cyril Twiddy was devastated after two brand-new chromium-plated horns were stolen from his motor launch.

But three months later he spotted one of them on a car parked in the town as he cycled by.

The culprit was tracked down and appeared at court where he was fined £10.

IT WAS a week of contrasts at St Nicholas’ Youth Club.

Attention! Youngsters were shown videos of the Army at War by local recruiters.

At ease! They were then taught the new dance craze... the Twist!

RESIDENTS of Hessle Drive and Hessle Avenue were getting to know each other quite well.

Mail mix ups meant they regularly got each other’s letters and parcels, meaning they had to redeliver and collect for themselves.

40 years ago

AROUND 4,000 revellers – brought on coaches from across the country – packed into the Gliderdrome to see T-Rex. The band’s first British gig in almost half a year saw them perform songs such as Cadillac, Hot Love and Get It On.

“This is the first time we’ve played for a month, so it should be pretty funky,” Marc Bolan told The Standard’s Bob Neish.

IT’S an unfair cop! Six of Boston’s 16 Special Constables quit the force – claiming meddling from above.

And to make matters worse, another resignation was on the way and three more were considering their future.

The move came after a a reorganisation of the county’s constabularies, with Boston’s Special Town Constabulary being axed and coming under the Holland and Lindsey umbrella. It was new ‘intrusion’ from above that saw the Specials quit.

BOSTON dockers showed their solidarity to the striking miners – by refusing to unload any ships that had a cargo of coal or anthracite.

After Yorkshire miners picketed the unloading of the Minerva, dockworkers told their union they were no longer happy to unload certain cargoes until the strike was over.

30 years ago

RETIRED butcher Alf Clark was awarded 60 free pints from brewers Batemans after being named their longest-standing regular.

The 85-year-old – whose motto was ‘lubrication in moderation’ – had been supping at the bar of New Leake’s Wheatsheaf for 60 years.

MEANWHILE a Kirton pub was struggling to give away cash to charity.

Peacock landlord Terry Ambler had collected £200 from revellers in a giant whiskey bottle by the bar.

But after five months of contacting local fundraisers for the Leicester Renal Unit, they still hadn’t arrived to collect the cash.

A GIANT sea monster was spotted in Boston. This wasn’t a threat but a plaything that entertained youngsters for generations. ‘Nessie’ the large inflatable arrived at Boston Indoor Swimming pool.