Stripping ‘little guys’ perform The Half Monty - Pages from the Past

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1998: Everyone has heard of the Full Monty, but an entertainer from Boston told The Standard about his plans for a new strip show with a difference...

Called The Half Monty, it was the brainchild of Boston man David Vears, who stood at 4ft 6ins.

Mr Vears, of Wellington Road, was teaming up with four others to perform the show, based on the popular British film, at a gig to be arranged in London.

At least one of the five men, all professional entertainers, was set to bare all to the audience.

David said he was looking forward to his new career as a stripper with a difference.

“I thought of the idea and told my agent and he thought it was a really good idea,” said David, 39. “He’s got four other little guys together to take part and we are goingfor a costume fitting soon.”

David had been entertaining for more than 10 years, having appeared in pantos, films and on TV, including Chris Evans’ Channel 4 show TGI Friday and appearing in the fantasy film Willow.

Asked what sort of part he had, David quipped: “It was a small part – I was one of the extras.”

Two weeks after the Standard ran this story, The News of the World picked it up – but claimed it was their exclusive.

A Pilgrim Hospital consultant hit out at what he called the ‘intolerable wait’ forced on patients who needed surgery.

Stuart Binks, a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology, blamed the long delays on a number of different factors, including the GP fund-holding system and changes to the hospital which left his dapertment with fewer beds and less theatre operating time.

He said, as a result of this, he had 100 patients waiting for major surgery who would probably not be dealt with for a year.

1988: It was warned that violence and bad language could signal the closure of New York Youth Club – the oldest village club in the county.

Membership was said to be healthy but the youth leaders were fighting a losing battle against a minority intent on causing trouble in and around the club.

Youth club chairman John White voiced disappointment at the lack of parental support during the year, illustrated by the fact that no parents had bothered to turn up to the meeting.

Mr White also said it was the lack of basic discipline at home that was a contributory factor to the bad behaviour on the club nights.

The club had been broken into and nearby residents had complained about the foul language and bad behaviour.

A two-acre play area in Boston’s Ingelow Avenue was to get a cash boost of £30,000 to begin a transformation project. Plans were afoot to develop an adventure playground use by 300 children with supervision and some indoor facilities.

Archaeologists working on trenches in Pescod Square unearthed some 17th century artefacts.

The items included an apothacary’s bottle and a King George II commemmorative delft, circa 1727.

1978: Coach loads of Boston fans were all set to travel to Wembley to see their local boxing hero bid for glory in the ring at the Empire Pool.

Joe Dawson was hoping to claim the most sought-after prize in amateur boxing – an ABA title.

Three coaches of fans were making the trip down to watch him in action and hoping he would become the first Lincolnshire fighter to win a title.

The BBC was to screen his bout against a fighter from Croydon.

A local artist said the bashfulness of Boston’s women was causing problems for her art class as she could not find anyone to pose nude for her students.

Art tutor Helen Webber said: “I’m getting quite desperate, the course is half over and the students are very disappointed at not being able to have a nude subject to paint.” She added: “The models don’t have to be beautiful.”