Take a step back into Boston’s history with our weekly nostalgia column

The finalists of the Standard's pancake race (from left) Sue Farrow, Pauline Burton, Lynne Chapman and Chris Roddis.
The finalists of the Standard's pancake race (from left) Sue Farrow, Pauline Burton, Lynne Chapman and Chris Roddis.

70 years ago...1941

HOUSEWIVES were advised not to throw away loaf crusts.

The advice being issued said ‘even the stalest crusts may do their share on the Kitchen Front’ and suggested using pastry cutters to cut them into fancy shapes before baking them in the oven.

‘When biscuits are scarce,’ it said, ‘these crispy rusks are a grand standby’.

A METHODIST church in an east coast town was bombed in the early hours of the night one weekend, leaving a gaping hole in its side.

Ten bombs were dropped with three making direct hits in the town.

The first bomb fell close to the side of the church, tearing a large hole in the structure and destroying part of a stained glass window.

The second fell on land next to the church and the third fell on pavement in front of two three-storey houses. No-one was injured.

WHILE market day crowds awaiting their buses home late one Wednesday afternoon, a lone enemy bomber dived suddenly over a Lincolnshire market town. The plane wasn’t noticed until people heard a rattle of machine-gun fire as it swooped low over the tops of buildings.

Immediately afterwards came a series of crashes as bombs were dropped.

Several small shops were damaged and some houses completely demolished.

People were buried in the rubble and there were a number of casualties – some fatal.

A DONINGTON farm labourer was killed in a freak accident as he cut a tree.

The man was struck by a branch as he was sawing it down.

The butt end struck him in the head and knocked him back onto another branch. He died instantly.

40 years ago...1971

POSTAL workers in Boston showed a clear sign of weakening as their strike entered its fifth week. A further 10 workers had returned to work, bringing the total back in the job to 36. Some of those giving up on the strike said it was simply a case of being ‘hard up’.

CRITICISMS were made of street lighting along a stretch of South Street, Boston, after an elderly man was killed.

The concerns came at the inquest into the death of the 70-year-old local man who stepped into the road and was knocked down by a car.

BOSTON councillors had to decide which way to go – one way, the other way or both! They were discussing the Highway Committee’s recommendation not to make Willoughby Road a one-way street between Spilsby Road and Hospital Lane.

Coun John Wright pointed out the corporation were improving lighting at the junction of Horncastle Road after a fatal accident there.

“I hope we don’t have to wait for a car to mount the pavement on Willoughby Road before something is done,” he said. “Two cars cannot pass safely.” But other councillors said it would be impractical to make it a one-way road. The committee decided to take no action.

HUNDREDS turned out to Boston’s Central Park on Shrove Tuesday for the traditional pancake day – and the Standard-organised pancake race.

Around 500 men, women and children lined the 120-yard racing route and eight ‘gallant’ women with frying pans provided the spectacle they had come to see.

Winner was Pauline Burton who was presented with a new pan by Boston mayor Coun Alan Foster.

30 years ago...1981

A 103-year-old woman, whose secret to a long life was to ‘keep cool’ did just that when a gas explosion in her kitchen knocked her off her feet.

Louie Hemington, who lived alone in her home in London Road, Kirton, simply picked herself up and went to her neighbour for help.

“It was a bit frightening but I’m perfectly alright now,” she said. “I singed my hair but I haven’t got a bruise anywhere.”

Miss Hemington had been having trouble lighting her gas cooker earlier in the day due to a stiff tap. She tried again to light it with a match and the build up of gas caused a flash explosion.

l A SIGN reading ‘Temporary marriage room’ caused a few puzzled looks when it was put up in the foyer of County Hall. Superintendent registrar Charles Gronhaug explained: “The marriage room proper and the adjoining offices are being converted into a registration suite. We needed a sign directing people to the temporary room for marriages and some clot has gone and put this. We’ve had one or two comments as to whether marriages conducted here are permanent or not.”

l A RISE of 141 people joining the dole queue in Boston in just one month was called ‘most disturbing’.

Since the previous month, the jobless total rose by 141 to 2,497 – 10 per cent of the workforce. Jobcentre manager Roger Finney said the figures were disturbing and did not include more recent redundancies, but was confident the situation was improving.

Humpty Dumpty took his perch on the stall along with other toys which had been donated to the school’s bring and buy sale. The event was held in aid of a Blue Peter appeal and raised £28.

20 years ago...1991

GIRLS from Kirton Middlecott School were sent home for turning up to class in trousers. About 30 youngsters made a mass protest on a Thursday after some were reprimanded the day before and were told they were flouting the school rules. But the next day more came in trousers. Some of the girls, aged 14 to 15, said they were prepared to be suspended for their principles.

“It’s a ridiculous rule,” said Louise Dewar, 15, “It was really cold last week and we don’t see why we can’t wear trousers like the boys, we think this is discrimination.” One parent, George Hull, of Kirton, whose daughter Lisa, 14, was sent home, said: “The rule is out of date and should be changed.”

The school governors said they would consider a change if parents requested it.

EXCITEMENT was building over plans for a £5 million leisure complex which developers were hoping to build on Boston’s Haven Cinema site.

The plans included two cinemas, a tenpin bowling alley, sports and health facilities, ‘upmarket bingo’, bars and restaurants.

Developers were working on submitting a planning application to the council.

POLICE were hunting raiders who had burgled 10 schools in the Boston area within a month. Electrical equipment and televisions were stolen in the raids and windows were broken.

PUPILS from Stickney’s William Lovell School appeared on BBC’s Kilroy talkshow in a special feature on bullying with special guest Frank Bruno.

Head teacher Robert Dring and four pupils – Sarah Fost, Sharon Robinson, Brett Went and John Barry – were all given VIP treatment and stayed overnight at a posh London hotel. The school was given the invitation due to its efforts to stamp out bullying.