Archives: Celebs visit town, baby survives lorry horror and letters from the trenches

Can you spot the celebrities in this snap from Boston in 1990?
Can you spot the celebrities in this snap from Boston in 1990?

Can you spot the two celebrities in this snap of a Boston crowd in 1990?

The photo was taken by Malcolm Stratton and shows England cricketer Ian Botham’s charity walk through the town - supported by TV presenter Philip Schofield. The crowds were making their way through Wide Bargate. Malcolm’s son Andrew posted the snap to the Facebook group ‘Boston Memories - Lincolnshire’ which attracts regular posts of photos from Boston’s yesteryear.

50 years ago... 1965

Baby Carol Ann Eccleston was dubbed ‘Little Miss Miracle’ after an articulated lorry dragged her pram under its wheels for more than 75ft in Boston’s busy High Street. Men cringed in horror, women screamed and buried their faces in their hands as the pram containing the three-month-old careered from the pavement under the rear wheels of the lorry as it turned from Bridge Street into the town’s shopping centre.

The pram was knocked on its side and witnesses said the baby rolled from her pram several times only to be swept back inside by the lorry’s movement

But little Carol escaped without a scratch. Her mum Joan Eccleston said: “I almost fainted with the shock, but kept running towards the lorry.

“Someone shouted ‘your baby’s all right’ and I saw a man holding her in a shop doorway. I was crying with relief when I saw that Carol Ann was not hurt “ She added: “I couldn’t stop crying, this time with happiness.”

The lorry driver was praised, as he had taken the corner perfectly and did not mount the pavement. A witness said the pram accidentally rolled under.

100 years ago... 1915

In a letter sent to Boston, local Pte Frank Rear gave a grim account of the conditions in the flooded trenches.

Writing to Miss Longstaff, of a local needlework group to thank them for the gift parcel they sent, he commented: “We have had a rather tough time of it in the trenches owing to the bad weather.

“They have been flooded and we have been up to our knees in mud and water.

“German shells and bullets are flying around us day and night. The Boston lads of my company send greetings to the ladies of the needlework group for their kindness during this terrible war.”

A Sutterton reverend received a letter from one of his parishioners who was serving on the front-line with the Coldstream Guards.

Douglas George Ding wrote: “We have been in the trenches and our battalion came out with only two slightly wounded. Our fellows are very jolly through it all. You would hardly credit the fine jokes we have, scarcely realising the danger we are in.”

In a letter, a sister of mercy described the terrible sight of 500 Austrians who had frozen to death in the trenches.

“Some were pressed close to the wall of the trench, others had their hands buried in their pockets,” she wrote.

“Many were in a crouching position, and some were discovered huddled together as though they had tried to warm themselves.”