20 years ago...1992
SOLICITOR John Storer cheated death for the second time in a couple of years.
John, who was stabbed in his then-office at Ringrose and Co almost exactly two years’ previously, was recovering after several ‘frightening weeks’ of feeling desperately poorly. The 36-year-old lawyer had been suffering after a batch of illnesses including glandular fever, swelling on the brain and a serious lung disorder. But thankfully John was on the mend. “I tire easily but I’m getting stronger every day,” he said.
l THIEVES stole a trailer and tent from Stickney which was to be used by the girl guides. The theft hit plans by the 1st Stickney Guides to go on their camp at the end of their half-term week holiday, leading to their leader to publicly appeal for help from someone who could let them borrow a big tent.
l BUDDING reporters at Frithville Primary School were awarded a highly-commended certificate after entering a national newspaper competition. Four year six children, Michael Swift, James Holland, Dean Morrish (all 11) and Gemma Hollingsworth, 10, produced a 12-page newspaper the Frithville Fax and entered it for the Daily Telegraph’s school newspaper competition.
l BOSTON police and a traffic warden were led on a farcical chase after a bull dodged through traffic on John Adam’s Way after escaping from a cattle truck. The traffic warden tracked the animal from a safe distance to Broadfield Lane where there was a showdown with a police officer. After a Mexican-style stand-off, the officer made a strategic withdrawl while the bull took a late lunch by grazing in the garden of a home in King Street. But the bull had his taste of freedom cut short when his owner arrived and rounded him up.
PICTURED: Michael Swift, back, James Holland and Dean Morrish who, with Gemma Hollingsworth (not pictured), produced the commended school newspaper the Frithville Fax.
30 years ago...1982
KATE Foster and Richard Hawes were awarded Pub Entertainer of the Year for their act Snoops Country Duo.
They were voted just one point ahead of solo singer Kate St Clair, who was in fact, Kate Foster.
The couple who ran the Sounds Western shop, in High Street, Boston, were also voted the most versatile group and the best dressed group.
l SOME 400 people crammed into the Assembly Rooms on a Saturday afternoon to see Boston Modelling Club’s sixth annual show and open day. This was the first time the show had been held in the town centre after being moved from the Peter Paine Sports Centre in a bid to attract more visitors. But because the numbers were so huge on the day, the club were not able to put on their usual flying displays.
l IT WAS a case of ‘Lassie go home’ for a collie dog found wandering around Donington, apparently left abandoned by his owners. The dog, with receptionist Joanne Stopper, was taken to Boston vets Callaghan and Wallier and was being looked after at a home which was to become permanent if his owners did not claim him.
l KATE Foster and Richard Hawes won the Pub Entertainer of the year award for their act Snoops Country Duo.
40 years ago...1972
A YOUNG boy fell 25ft into the Haven and escaped drowning thanks only to four schoolboy Boston Kayak Club members who were having their first practice on the river.
The canoeists, racing against time as the boy kept dipping under the water, managed to get a near-unconscious James Siggee to safety on the bank. This happened just a week before James, of Alfred Street, Boston, celebrated his eighth birthday. He was taken home pale and badly shaken, but unhurt where his parents described him as ‘Lucky Jim’. The accident happened while James and a friend were playing on a jetty near Boston Dock. His rescuers were Geoffrey Clark, Graham Powell, Derek Miller and Stephen Waltham.
l SOME 200 homes in Bicker and Swineshead were left without electricity for six weeks after a swan flew into an 11,000 volt overhead line and brought it down.
l POLICE were probing a mystery caravan blaze at the old windmill site in Commonside, Old Leake. It was believed that someone had broken into the caravan and slept there before the fire started, which badly burned its interior. No-one was found inside but the cause of the fire was not known.
l BOSTON carnival Parade met with better weather then it did the previous year and as a result more crowds gathered along the pavements. But there was criticism there was not much for people to watch as there was such a decrease in the number of floats that year.
l BOSTON Carnival Queen Sue Taylor had to wear a plaster cast along with her regal finery as she had fallen and broken her ankle two days before.
50 years ago...1962
A VINTAGE water pump which had been draining water off land at an Amber Hill farm for more than 100 years finally earned its retirement. The pump, at Three Hundreds Farm, had been churning water from the low lying land into the Claydyke, which in turn, ran into the North Forty Foot Drain. “But we are hoping not to have to use it again,” said farmer Fred Clark. “We are getting all these modern pumps in.”
l IN HER column, The Younger Generation, Standard writer Margaret Craven advised young women against getting their ‘spammy legs’ out in summer. She wrote: “A sure destroyer of glamour in a girl is bare legs and feet. Those bare legs that have spent the winter in front of raoring fires now look like spam – and probably covered in whiskers too. Please, unless you have really pretty feet, dohn’t have the bare toes and heels poking out of your shoes.” She added: “Nylons are not too dear now and they add glamour to any legs and feet.”
l A FENCING craze was said to be sweeping Boston with lots of young people getting a taste for the swashbuckling sport. New classes were being held weekly by teacher and ex-RAF man Norman Dear. A fencer since before the last war, Mr Dear quickly began teaching the art to his pupils at Kitwood Boys’ School before he was asked to put on weekly classes at Park School, to meet the local demand.
l WORK started on Boston’s long-awaited swimming baths. Contractors were digging the foundation on the Rowley Road site. It was expected that the £50,000 project would be completed by the following summer.