45 years ago...1966
ANGRY residents of Church Road, Boston, were up in arms after rainwater poured into their homes, flooding kitchens, living rooms and pantries – leaving a trail of damage and dirt in its wake.
Carpets were soaked and furniture was saturated by the water after almost two inches of rain fell on the town in six hours.
Residents were angry about a dip in the road near their homes which acted like a ‘basin’ when it rained.
STAFF at the National Agricultural Advisory Service in Kirton had an unusual exotic new friend – his name was Freddy, he ate Euonymus leaves and lived in a jar.
Seen as a pest in its native West Africa, Freddy was a locust – a large grasshopper-like insect which swoops in their millions to eat and destroy crops and plants, leaving famine in their paths.
Freddy arrived into this country via a crate of bananas and was found by a pupil at Kitwood Girl’s School.
The creature was passed onto John Reeve, assistant horticulturist at the institute.
RED Lion Street was described as the ‘new mecca for Boston’s housewives’ after the opening of new shops.
In the previous few months, the new Sally Morland supermarket and laundry had opened.
There was also an electrical shop, Oldrids furniture store, an electrical shop, hair salon, and television repair shop.
In nearby Wormgate, described as one of the most compact and comprehensive shopping centres in Boston, was the town’s only poodle parlour.
Questions were asked as to whether a peculiar-looking creature (pictured) was a horse or a cow – or should that be a corse or a how? The strange animal lived in a field in the Boston area and defied description by its owner, Frans Buitelaar, who was amazed when he bought the cloven hoofed creature from a Nottingham dealer. But an expert’s opinion from a local veterinary surgeon said: “The animal is definitely bovine – I do not think it is half cow, half horse, it is just a cow with a bushy tail.”
35 years ago...1976
THERE was an appeal for urgent action to be taken to solve the problems of overcrowding at Boston College.
The college’s governors asked the county council to provide four new classrooms in time for the new term in September.
Applications for full-time courses for 1976-77 totalled 872, compared to 675 the previous year.
A MYSTERY blaze came within a few feet of wiping out an entire farmyard at Frithville in the early hours of the morning.
Flames came to within 10 yards of a 2,000-gallon diesel tank in the yard at Slate House Farm, where firemen arrived and prevented a major explosion.
Father and son Herbert and Richard Hall, whose family owned the farm, had earlier rescued a cow and young calf from within feet of the flames.
A BOTTLE of water was produced at a Boston Borough Council meeting to demonstrate the discolouration which was found in the Witham ward of the town.
After pointing at the sediment in the bottom, Coun Ralph Jenkin shook the bottle and asked; “Now who wants to drink that? I’ve never known anything like it, it’s absolutely ridiculous.”
Coun Jenkin said the water rates should be put on hold for those affected until the Anglian Water Authority addressed the problem.
25 years ago...1986
EX-PSYCHIATRIC patients were set to live in a half-way house in Boston’s Sleaford Road after an independent public enquiry inspector overturned Boston Borough Council’s double refusal.
The decision meant two nursing officers won their seven-month battle with the authority for permission to turn the old Rosalind Guest House into a home for ‘eccentrics’ discharged from mental hospitals.
KIRTON Primary School’s Bottle Band was set to perform on ITV’s Wide Awake Club with Timmy Mallett.
The television company only wanted 11 to appear so there were to be nine disappointed youngsters when names were drawn from a hat.
A NEW record was broken at Boston Dock when the longest ship ever to enter the port arrived.
The Russian ship was 119.2 metres long and carried a cargo of timber from Leningrad.
She was gently manoeuvred into the dock by the Master, Pilot Rawlinson, and the Harbour Master and his staff before her crew were welcomed to Boston by Mayor, Coun James Alcorn.
KITWOOD Girls’ School took a alternative approach to its sex education lessons – by teaching the ideals of morality and family values, not just the facts of life.
Pupils dressed up as brides through the ages – with about 20 wearing wedding gowns from the 1920s to present day.
The social education day was held in response to the Government urging schools to stress morality, love and and the values of family life in their sex education lessons.
15 years ago...1996
BOSTON man Alan Wingate was out for a leisurely stroll when he became involved with a daring sea rescue to save a woman’s life.
Alan, 45, of Sydney Street, was walking along the prom at Hunstanton with his wife Joanne at around 11.30pm when they spotted a girl jumping into the sea. She started to panic and cry for help so Alan ran down, took his socks and shoes off and jumped in after her.
When he finally fished the traumatised girl out of the water she tried to break free and jump in again so people gathered on the shoreline and held her until police arrived.
Alan, a plumber for Norprint, said: “I would not call myself a hero, it just came out of the blue.”
ABOUT 130 postal workers in south Lincolnshire were planning a one-day strike in a national dispute with Royal Mail over contracts.
Local branch secretary of the Communication Workers Union, Simon Massam, said: “We just hope that Royal Mail come back with a reasonable offer, if not, there will be very few collection and deliveries in the Boston area on Friday.”
SPEEDING motorists in Boston were likely to find themselves caught on camera and having to pay as a result after the first hi-tech speed cameras went up around the county.
Two areas of Boston had new cameras – the A16 out of Boston, and the A52 between Boston and Wainfleet.
Lincolnshire police said the camera positions in ‘accident black spots’ were chosen purely on accident data.