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Caroline Staples points to the wreckage of the chicken house. Some parts of it even made it as far as the building pictured in the background.
Caroline Staples points to the wreckage of the chicken house. Some parts of it even made it as far as the building pictured in the background.
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55 years ago...1966

A FREAK storm which swept through Butterwick Ings and Benington Ings on a Saturday night left a trail of devastation in its wake.

A chicken house was totally demolished, a chimney stack crashed on a roof, tiles were torn from the roof of a shed and glass houses flattened

The miniature whirlwind first struck at the farm of Frank Staples where his 30 foot chicken house was demolished. Severe damage was caused to glass houses at Benington on the farm of Horace Bell. One house was moved from its foundations and 100 panes of glass shattered by the storm.

A 23-ton tanker carrying a cargo of black oil slipped rear wheels first into a dyke at Benington as the driver was turning the vehicle around after becoming lost.

The driver was unhurt but the tanker had to be recovered with heavy duty towing equipment. After it had been hauled out of the dyke the tanker carried on with its journey to Fold Hill – this time in the right direction.

A BOSTON-bought German motor vessel ‘Birgit Muller’ sank in the River Ouse, near Goole after a mid-river collision.

The 760-ton vessel had been a regular at Boston docks. Within two minutes of colliding with a Dutch ship, the Birgit Muller heeled over and began to sink.

Her eight-man crew had to scramble onto the hull and cling to the rails.

They were rescued minutes before the stricken ship settled on the river bed.

But one man lost his life – the ship’s 58-year-old pilot, of Hull, who was trapped in the wheelhouse as it sunk. His body was recovered the next day.

35 years ago...1976

BLIZZARDS and ice blocked many roads and caused a spate of accidents at the weekend as the Boston area was blanketed by heavy snow.

Nearly 20 schools in the district, including Butterwick, Frithville, Leverton and Old Leake, were closed due to electricity and heating failure or because the buses were unable to get through to them.

RECORD-breaking pancake tosser Sally Cutter had already made it into the Guinness Book of Records and it was looking like it may have also landed her a trip to America.

Two years previously Sally became a record breaker when she tossed a pancake 5,010 times in 65 minutes.

The Coningsby housewife and mum remained the world’s ‘top pancake tosser’ two years later. Sally, who worked at RAF Coningsby, received the news she was to be invited by the Quaker Oats Company to attend the pancake races in Kansas.

OLD people in the Boston area could be ‘hovering on the brink’ during the cold weather, facing death from hypothermia.

South Lincs community health physician Dr Kenneth Jones said: “Bad conditions like these we’ve had recently could just be sufficient to push elderly people into serious danger and even loss of life.”

25 years ago…1986

LOVE birds found a way to triumph over red tape threatening their marriage.

Bureaucracy forced Friskney man Alan Lenton to cancel his New Year wedding in Salt Lake City, USA, and when his American bride-to-be decided to come to Britain, it looked for a while that she wouldn’t be allowed into the country.

Alan met Ima Stephens while on a mission in America for the Mormon church. After falling in love and getting engaged, Alan had to return to England as his visa was up. Unable to get a Visa to return, Ima moved here but airport authorities wouldn’t let her through. But after much questioning, she was finally allowed in.

“It was very upsetting,” said Ima. “All we wanted was to be together.”

SUPER cook Janet Richmond won top praise from youngsters who ate the meals she prepared. Janet was cook at Kitwood Girls’ School in Boston, and the girls wrote to The Standard about her mouth-watering dishes. “It’s like a restaurant and the food is always fresh,” they wrote.

BOSTON police were enlisting the help of landlords in a crackdown on ‘increasing drunkeness’ in the town. Under-age drinking and ‘unhealthy alcohol-related violence’ were worrying, the Licensing Justices heard at their annual Brewster Sessions. In his annual licensing report, Supt Bert Shaw said: “Within the urban areas of Boston there is a tendency for young men and women to loiter near licensed premises intent on causing trouble to anyone who gets in their way.”

15 years ago...1996

BOSTON benefactor Len Medlock’s latest gift was handing the town a double deal. His charitable trust was paying thousands of pounds for a new building to house volunteer groups.

And the choice of the location – the old bus shelter – solved the problem of what to do with the ‘controversial’ site off West Street.

Voluntary organisations, currently paying for rented accommodation, were expected to move into the new Len Medlock Centre building in 1997.

A THOUSAND homes in Boston area villages were plunged into darkness when blizzards struck.

Blue flashes lit up the sky in many places as electrical conductors clashed and power supplies were lost. Amber Hill, Leverton, Old Leake and Wrangle were the worst hit as 80 East Midlands Electricity staff battled to restore supplies there.

YOUNG members of Butterwick’s Youth Club had been busy helping the BBC Blue Peter programme to buy wheelchairs.

In a matter of just two months, the national appeal reached its target of 5,000 tons of good-quality paper which was to be used to buy about 250 wheelchairs.