FROM THE ARCHIVES: Screams as cow walks into shop, teacher’s shock at plant, defeat in first match

Boston Standard archives
Boston Standard archives

We take our weekly delve into the Boston Standard archives to look at some tales from the past...

50 years ago...1964

Keightley’s store was treated to an unusual customer - when a cow walked into the High Stret shop.

“It walked quietly in and had a look round,” said owner Cyril Keightley.

“It didn’t make a purchase - it walked quietly out of its own accord. Helped, I think, by the girls’ screams.”

○“Lady students cannot be permitted to wear shoes with stiletto heels,” read a sign outside the soon-to-open Boston College.

The reason was to avoid damaging the new cork and lino flooring.

○ Boston Town’s first-ever competitive match ended in defeat.

The newly-formed side - then known simply as Boston FC - kicked off their Lincolnshire League campaign at defending champions Lincoln United.

Albert Linnecor scored the Poachers’ first goal, while Colin Smith also found the target.

○ Also in sport, Kirton’s Terry Thorne had the honour of becoming the youngest professional on Ipswich Town’s books.

The 17-year-old was snapped up after impressing on a week’s trial, in which he played in three warm-up matches.

He had previously spent three years on the books of Lincoln City.

30 years ago...1984

A schoolteacher was shocked to discover the impressive seven-foot specimen growing in her New York garden was a cannabis plant.

As soon as Sylvia Ford-Brown realised what she had been cultivating she called Boston police.

Mrs Ford-Brown described the plant as pretty but told The Standard that had she known what it was she would have set fire to it as she does not approve of drugs.

○Kirton boat builders G.W. Parker and Son supplied the 407 class sailing dinghy which won a silver medal for the USA’s Steve Benjamin at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

They also created a purpose-built 407 Parker for the Great Britain team, but they failed to medal.

○Ten-year-old Andrew Taylor was the envy of his friends after he landed a punch on heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper’s chin.

The Jubilee Avenue resident gave Our ‘Enery the cheeky swipe when the pugilist visited town to promote an event at Woolworths.

○Boston’s 102 dockers defied a national strike in order to carry on working.

“There are no pickets.

“It’s normal business, we’re happy,” said John Allwell, the assistant port manager for the town.