Archives: Aliens in Algarkirk - or just a corny joke?

Farmer Cyril Rylott with the mysterious crop circle left in his Algarkirk field.
Farmer Cyril Rylott with the mysterious crop circle left in his Algarkirk field.

1999: An Algarkirk farmer was left contemplating a close encounter after a mysterious crop circle appeared on his land.

Cyril Rylott was left baffled when, harvesting his wheat, he uncovered the strange pattern, believed to have been the first in the area.

“The neighbours spotted it from their helicopter about three weeks ago but didn’t say anything because they thought we did it,” said Mr Rylott’s daughter Rebecca. “I’m a sceptic. It could be a man-made practical joke, but I can’t work out how it’s been done.”

Mr Rylott added: “It looks like a spacecraft and you can never be too sure. It may be a mini whirlwind but it’s far too neat - it’ll have to remain a mystery. Seeing is believing and this is very interesting.”

A thief who smashed into a Boston house and stole a green-winged macaw parrot probably took on more than he bargained for.

The owner of the enormous and vicious bird said: “It’s 3ft long with a 300lb per square inch biting pressure and can snap the bottom of a broom off with no problem.

“It doesn’t like men and will bite all strangers quite savagely - I just hope it did a really good job on whoever took it.”

The bird was owned by a couple in Marsh Lane, who returned after a two-hour Sunday lunchtime stroll to discover the bird’s padlocked cage had been wrenched open.

The couple’s two poodles were also taken – but both were later found staggering around exhausted on a main road seven miles away.

Two elderly Kirton women were left shaken after being robbed of their handbags by a young thief as they walked home from bingo.

But spirited friends Madge Biggadyke and Edna Hearth were refusing to let the experience affect their lives.

Said Madge, 79: “We’re not going to make ourselves prisoners in our own homes. We’re just going to carry on as normal.”

Edna, 83, added: “You’ve got to be strong and carry on.

“It was so frightening, you can’t get it out your mind.”

1969: A Boston teenager rescued a wet and bedraggled boy from drowning in the Witham –

before casually walking away.

David Hackett, 18, pulled Peter Fiddling, 15, out the water after he got into difficulties.

His heroic act saw Peter’s father Mr. J. Fiddling, printing manager at The Standard, track him down and thank him. It took Mr Fiddling,of Boston, five days to trace him.

The news came shortly after that David had been awarded the Royal Humane Society’s award for bravery.

A shortage of labour at Boston Dock was seeing ships turned away and crippling delays for others.

The ports shipping firms complained to The Standard, with one saying: “The implications are most serious. If the port breaks down in terms of charge and service, the town will break down. This is not fantasy. It is fact.”

The companies said their requests for supplementary labour were not heard.