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From our archives: Goalie makes the ultimate save - a boy’s life

Ted Eaglen with young Chris Hiom whom he rescued from the River Witham

Ted Eaglen with young Chris Hiom whom he rescued from the River Witham

1969: Former war-time paratrooper and football goalkeeper Ted Eaglen recorded another ‘save’ over the Easter holidays when he saved a child’s life.

Ted, of Wellington Road, Boston, was among the first British soliders to drop into the Second Front during the Normandy invasion, or D-Day.

At tea time one Saturday, Ted, 43, was up to his neck again - this time in the River Witham. And it turned out to be the best save of his life. Ted plunged into the icy water from Sluice Bridge to rescue eight-year-old Chris Hion, of Kyme Road, Boston.

Chris slipped 14ft into the river during a game of ‘tag’ with friends. Onlookers started to lower Ted into the water, but the rope snapped and he plummeted down. He reached the boy and swam to reach a lifebelt on the other side of the lock. A rope was lowered down from the bridge and Ted tied it around the boy where he was hauled to safety. Ted then swam back across the river to a a set of rungs and climbed out before collapsing exhausted from the experience.

A gigantic cake with 250 candles on it made for a great celebration by the Gregory Croft CofE Aided School at East Kirkby, near Spilsby.

The school was celebrating being two-and-a-half centuries old and each pupil was given a Bible.

1979: A controversial play ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore’ was to go ahead at Boston’s Blackfriars Theatre despite being banned in other parts of Lincolnshire.

The play, which was labelled a ‘nude debauch’ and a ‘sex romp’ went on with a warning from Dr Richard Allday, chairman of the Blackfriars council of management.

Dr Allday said: “Intending audiences should be aware that this is an unusually disturbing play and contains scenes of realistic and macabre violence.

“No one should see this play without awareness of its shocking content. The play deals with corruption and violence in Parma in the 17th century, with a brother-sister incestuous relationship but it also included poisining, violence and mutilation.”

A mystery blaze swept through the home of young couple Mr and Mrs Pick in Carlton Road , Boston in the early hours of the morning.

The couple woke up smelling smoke and got out - but Mr Pick collapsed and banged his head and had to be taken to hospital.

A hooded raider threatened Boston betting shop staff with a bomb unless they handed over the takings.

But he fled after staff at Harden’s in West Street called his bluff and refused to give him anything.

 

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