50 years ago...1962
Girls escape injury in bus crash
A BUS carrying 43 pupils of Kitwood Girls’ School left the road, shattered a telegraph pole and overturned in a ditch near Boston.
But the only casualty was the mistress in charge, Miss Margaret Ingram, who afterwards described their escape as ‘an absolute miracle’.
The girls were returning from an afternoon performance of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice at the Theatre Royal in Lincoln. The accident happened as they were near Boston on the Swineshead Bridge side of the Maryland Drain, along Boardsides.
The pupils scrambled to safety through the rear emergency exit on the bus.
Miss Ingram had to be taken to hospital for treatment to a gash on her leg. She said: “it was very nasty but could have been much worse.”
Pupil Rita Bourne said: “There was a horrible screech and then the bus lurched and we seemed to be falling for ages before we stopped.”
Miss Ingram praised the girls for acting very calmly following the incident. The reason for the accident had not been determined.
THERE was a call for Boston to get a different kind of youth centre – to help keep a particular type of youth off the streets. Coun N. M. Middlebrook expressed his concerns for the lack of facilities for young people at a meeting of Boston Town Council. Referring to those who had labouring jobs and little education, Coun Middlebrook said: “I don’t think there are places in Boston for lads like that. They are people who hang around street corners not clever blokes who take part in discussions.”
RESIDENTS of Irby Street in Boston were putting up with ongoing smells, noise and disruption to their daily routines while work was being carried out on the West Side Sewerage Scheme. Many of them were unable to use their front doors while the work was underway, and their windows were left dirty and there was often mud in their homes as a result. Outside there was a non-stop engine vibrating and shuddering noisily. But the residents were promised that once the scheme had been completed the problems they had before with flooding and smells from their drains would be improved.
A SIXTEEN -ear-old boy appeared in Boston Juvenile Court for illegally driving a van, mounting a kerb and hitting a baby’s pram. The boy, from Nottingham, was accused of driving dangerously. A police inspector described in court how the boy was driving the van from Wide Bargate and turning into Tawney Street when he overshot and mounted the kerb. He knocked into a pram and the woman pushing it, knocking her over. Thankfully, the woman and child were not hurt and the pram was just scratched.
40 years ago...1972
ANGRY residents of Boston’s Tattershall Road were talking of refusing to pay the newly-introduced corporation charge for having their cesspools emptied because they claimed it was not their water and waste which filled them. The residents claimed that the cesspools of about 50 houses there had been filling up and overflowing with surface water and not domestic waste. The cesspool-emptying charges prompted them to finally act.
A GERMAN measles epidemic hit Boston school children. The infection, which had been prevalent since Christmas, showed no sign of abating, a local GP said. Every school in the area had been affected with several having more than half their pupils off at one point.
DONINGTON fire brigade fought for four hours to put out a fire in a two-storey brick building in Mill Lane. A large quantity of paper stacks were destroyed and foremen were unable to save adjoining building and a wooden workshop containing vegetables stored in sacks.
30 years ago...1982
TWO fifth form pupils at Kitwood Boys’ School were sent home on a Monday morning when they arrived at school with their heads shaved. Headmaster Derrick Sykes told The Standard that he telephoned the parents of both boys to ask them to keep their sons away from the school for a few days because they were the ‘object of ridicule in the school’. He said the idea of youths being ‘hard boys’ was not an image they like at Kitwood Boys’ School.
AUTHORITIES were worried about the surge in vandalism at Boston area schools. Money and equipment had been stolen, doors and windows had been smashed and apparatus had gone missing or been destroyed. Graffiti was also said to be widespread. Don Fletcher, deputy divisional director of education, told The Standard: “Many schools have been broken into a lot more than we are used to – it’s become a serious problem.”
A BOSTON fireman who risked his life by going back into a blazing ship to rescue a colleague was set to receive the Queen’s Commendation for bravery. Pete Boam, 36, of Robin Hood’s Walk, went back into the fire aboard the MV Apricity after an explosion had blown him out onto the deck and had knocked his fellow fireman Keith Grose unconscious inside. Keith said: “I owe everything to Pete. There’s no doubt about it that if he had not have come back for me I wouldn’t be here now.”
A WYBERTON mother returned home from her young son’s school to find firemen outside and her bedroom blazing. Thanksfully Susan Bush, of The Causeway, her husband and children were all out of the house when the fire, believed to have been caused by a faulty electric heater, started. A neighbour saw the flames and raised the alarm but the blaze virtually gutted the couple’s bedroom and caused £3,000 worth of damage.
20 years ago...1992
HUNDREDS of people came out to see Prince Charles on his visit to Boston. The Prince of Wales was on a trip to the area and looked around Pilgrim Hospital and North Sea Camp.
But there was controversy before his visit when a Pilgrim Hospital consultant spoke out to criticise a big ‘spruce up’ planned for the hospital ahead of his visit. Dr Cyril Nyman said: “It is done out of respect but I think it seems unrealistic that we should rush around and do all these things.” Dr Nyman added that he believed visitors like Prince Charles and Government ministers should see the hospital as it really is.
ANGLIAN Water was given permission to build a sewerage treatment works near Old Leake despite nearby residents voicing their opposition to it being sited in Skipmarsh Lane. Residents were mainly concerned about potential smells and the effluent that could be discharged into the Gride. Boston councillors agreed to give Anglian Water permission to build it but with conditions being met that would reduce the impact of the plant on nearby residents.
TWO vehicles and a house were damaged when a barn roof was blown off during high winds in Holland Fen. Miraculously no-one was injured as debris from the roof was blown across a road. A van parked nearby was damaged and a car also ran into the remains of the roof in the road.