From our archives:

St Thomas Primary School, Boston, during a sponsored silence fundraiser in 1999.
St Thomas Primary School, Boston, during a sponsored silence fundraiser in 1999.

1959: A proposed bridge over the Haven in Boston, designed to be the first stage in solving the problem of traffic congestion in the town, appeared to be a step closer to becoming a reality.

The Minister of Transport Harold Watkinson had written to Holland with Boston MP Sir Herbert Butcher to say he was going to arrange for designs of the bridge, which would be positioned opposite Rowley Road, to be prepared.

Pensioners Joe and Florence Barber marked their 47th wedding anniversary by engaging in their favourite hobby - ice skating.

Joe (71) and Florence (65) took to the ice on the Frith Bank Drain only a few yards from their lock house home on the Witham Bank at Anton’s Gowt to mark the milestone.

There was advice for rabbit owners in the Standard’s Pets and Hobbies Club section.

Among the titbits was: “Don’t lift a rabbit off the ground by the ears.”


Concerns were raised English workers in Boston were losing out on agricultural jobs to foreign nationals, specifically, Irishmen.

The claim was made at a meeting of the Boston District Employment Committee, which was told the number of unemployed people in its area surpassed 7,200 in December, 1938 - 1,100 more than at the same time in 1937.

The Standard reported that the committee considered the question of urging local farmers during the coming season to “employ English labour in preference to Irishmen”.

The committee decided it would issue an appeal to local farmers in the next few weeks.

The Air Raid Precautions (ARP) survey was set to launch in Lincolnshire.

Householders would be asked how many refugees from “the big cities” they could accommodate in case of need.

In a recently issued pamphlet, Minister of Health Walter Elliot said: “We must prepare in good time against the possibility or war, however remote the possibility may be.”

The country had been divided up into areas of three classes: evacuation areas, reception areas and neutral areas. The whole of Lincolnshire was classed as a reception area (meaning it would accept refugees), except Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Barton-upon-Humber, which were given as neutral areas.

Boston ARP Committee opposed the town’s designation as a reception area due to “its geographical position and other considerations”.

Boston United shared the honours with Grantham Town in a 10-goal thriller, which - helped by a sloped playing surface - saw eight of the 10 scored at one end of the pitch.

Playing down the slope, the Pilgrims were 4-1 up at half time in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup tie.

Against the slope, Boston conceded four and scored only one.

Picture 1999: Hundreds of pounds were raised for specialist medical equipment at Pilgrim Hospital through a sponsored silence at a Boston school in 1999.

Youngsters at St Thomas’ Primary School, in Boston, raised £400 for the hospital’s MRI scanner fund through the two-hour fundraiser.