From our archives: Puppy rescue, Barry becomes a millionaire, and young Neil meets ‘Brucie’

Policewoman Judy Reeve with three of the abandoned puppies.
Policewoman Judy Reeve with three of the abandoned puppies.

1989: It was ‘nice to see you, to see you nice’ for young Neil Everitt of Wyberton when he appeared on Bruce Forsyth’s You Bet game show.

The eight-year-old was the youngest competitor to ever take part in the show, which included guest celebrities Suzi Quatro, Bob Holness and John McCririck.

Gosberton businessman John Moon was left to pick up the pieces after a £35,000 blaze at his furniture showroom.

An electrical supply short circuit in an immersion heater caused extensive smoke damage to the whole stock of lounge suites at Moon’s Furniture Shop, in High Street.

A passing lorry driver spotted the fire in the early hours of the morning and alerted the fire brigade.

Mr Moon, who had been trading with his wife for 27 years, told The Standard: “It could have been much worse. Credit should go to the fire brigade who did an excellent and speedy job.”

Picture: It was the long arm of the ‘paw’ for policewoman Judy Reeve - who was given the task of handling a mischievous trio of abandoned puppies. The mongrels were found wandering in Boston’s Ancaster Court. They were thought to have been dumped and left there. A police colleague had already taken on a couple of the pups himself, but loving homes were being sought for the remaining two.

1979: Former Standard reporter Barry Spikings was reputed to have become a millionaire as a movie mogul.

Barry, 39, lived in London’s fashionable Knightsbridge and was said to be one of the richest men in showbiz.

A farmer’s son, he spent his early days in Fishtoft, attended Boston Grammar School and started his work as a junior reporter at The Standard.

His latest film as producer, The Deer Hunter, was due to have its European premier.

In its wake, the national tabloids ran a story about his rise to fame, harvesting ‘a cool million from the movies’.

Wyberton girl Nicola Waterfield escaped serious injury when her long hair became tangled up in an electric food mixer – pulling handfuls out. Nicola, 11, escaped serious injury only because she managed to turn the machine off in time. Her mother issued a warning to other parents.

1969: A weekly striptease act had launched at a Sibsey pub ‘horrified the decent people of the village’ - according to a local vicar.

The Rev I. W. Stuart Jones said that if there was any way of stopping it he was willing to head a protest.

When the landlord of The Star Inn announced plans for the experimental programme of weekly striptease shows to a ‘men only’ crowd, the vicar objected immediately.

Dr Jones said: “I am opposed to these shows because they will introduce a degrading form of entertainment which is foreign to the ways and outlook of the village people,” adding he felt it would also cause ‘domestic friction’ and break up marriages.

Children from schools in Skegness, Alford and Spilsby areas watched in dismay as the famous Flying Scotsman steam train broke down and had to be towed away.

The youngsters were on a trip in London to see the ‘star of steam’ in what was billed as its amazing ‘comeback’.

Magistrates blocked the showing of Luis Bunuel’s award-winning French film Belle de Jour in Boston - while they sought further


X-rated horror film, Chamber of Horrors, was banned outright for featuring a ‘mad, sadistic killer’.