Cheggers visits Boston - Pages from the Past

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1978: Hundreds of children flocked to Carlton Road to see TV star Keith Chegwin film an episode of his popular BBC TV series the Multicoloured Swap Shop.

Cheggers climbed up to the temporary rostrum that was set up and the crowd of kids waiting patiently for him to autograph their merchandise.

David Overton, 15, of Westfield Avenue, won a hat after Cheggers asked for the first pair of socks to be thrown on the rostrum.

It took David five seconds to deliver them and this earned him the prize and a chat with the celebrity.

Cheggers swapped games and toys between the children and also interviewed members of the Boston Divers and Boston Rowing Club.

l Raiders snatched antiques valued at £2,670 from a dealer’s premises in Haltoft End, Freiston.

The offenders smashed their way into the property and stole silver watches, and brass carriage clocks.Boston CID was on the case.


A pensioner fended off a mugger who tried to snatch her handbag on Boston’s Haven Bank – by whacking him with her brolly.

The incident happened late one afternoon when the elderly woman, of Castle Street, was walking along with a friend.

As the mugger apprehended her and reached for her bag she held onto it with all her might and hit him with her umbrella.

The offender, said to be a scruffy looking youth aged between 15-18, then quickly ran off.

Valuable antiques from Wyberton Park were expected to make fetch more than £300,000 at auction.

There were 1,200 lots including silver, porcelain, furniture, clocks and dolls which were all from the estate of the late Mrs W. Cox and her family who lived at the park, which dated back to 1605.

l Kind Friskney widow Vera Farrow, who died aged 72 that year, left a whopping £350,000 in her will to her village via Friskney United Charities.