Wheelbarrow event draws in the crowds in our pages in the past

The Boston Library team who won one of the prizes in the charity wheelbarrow event.
The Boston Library team who won one of the prizes in the charity wheelbarrow event.

This week’s look at our pages from the past includes a man praised for braving a fire in his neighbours home and a massive owl on the prowl.

25 years ago... 1988

Decorated wheelbarrows brought colour and fun to the streets of Boston when about 25 teams took part in Boston Lions’ annual wheelbarrow push in aid of Macmillan. Pictured is a team from Boston library.

○ A Boston man who braved flames and smoke to search his neighbour’s blazing home was hailed a hero by a judge at Lincoln Crown Court and awarded £100.

The judge said that Albert Henry showed remarkable bravery in going into the house in Woad Farm Road and commended him for his actions.

Mr Henry managed to search both upstairs and downstairs despite fierce flames before emergingunscathed after finding the building was empty.

A 16-year-old boy from Hull was detained for arseon.

○ A ‘slasher’ was on the loose in Boston and police were trying to trace the man who had left a youth injured.

The boy was attacked in the Forbes Road area of Boston, but managed to escape with minor injuries. He was treated at Pilgrim Hospital but did not need stitches.

Unmarked ‘civvie’ police cars had started patrolling the county in a bid to cut down on the number of road accidents.

15 years ago... 1998:

A Swineshead man was fearing for the safety of pets after one of the largest owls in the world chose the trees in his garden as its home.

William Ewing was convinced that his dogs and two cats were in danger after the European Eagle Owl took up residence in the trees above his house and started feasting on wild pigeons. The enormous bird was 3ft tall and had a wing span of 5ft.

“They can be dangerous,” he said. “If they are hungry they will attack cats and dogs – and children.”

Jim Dean of Baytree Owl Centre said it was not unknown for them to attack humans: “They have no fear of anything on earth so it will attack.” He said people would likely be safe but warned this could change if it found a mate: “When they’re breeding, we have to wear helmets and protective gear.”

The RSPCA said the bird had escaped from its owners and they were trying to retreive it.