From our archives: Pensioners could have ‘died of fright’

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Terrified pensioners could have been ‘killed by fright’ when Halloween pranks in Donington got out of hand – claimed a parish councillor.

Coun Alan Grimer said the parish council was calling on police to tackle troublemakers after hearing of how sawdust was poured through letterboxes, toilet paper was plastered on windows and sticks were banged against windows.

Speaking to The Standard, he said his 74-year-old mother, a widow suffering from angina, was terrified when a group of youths attacked her home and she called out for help. Her elderly neighbour’s home was also attacked.

“By frightening these two old ladies like that, they could have killed one of them,” said Coun Grimer.

“There was sawdust everywhere you looked in the village that day,” he said, adding that someone found their car exhaust had been packed with it.

l A Boston girl got to meet her pop idol Shakin’ Stevens when he came to perform at the Haven Theatre.

Vicky Headland, of Ingram Road, had all his records and wore a specially-made black and pink satin outfit to meet the singer.

“It was lovely,” said Vicky. “As soon as I walked into the room he started kissing me. I was in his dressing room for half-an-hour.

“We had lots of photos taken. he signed one for me and I’m going to frame it and put it in my bedroom.

“He was even better than I thought he would be. It’s nicer than seeing him on the television.”

l A trapped lorry driver had to be rescued by firefighters on a Sunday morning when his lorry went off the A17 at Algarkirk and ended up in a dike.

l New York Brownies brought some cheer to children when they presented £140 worth of toys to Pilgrim Hospital’s children’s ward.