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

Hockey and football teams from William Lovell School come off the filed after an exhilarating afternoon of sport as part of the school's option afternoon' project.
Hockey and football teams from William Lovell School come off the filed after an exhilarating afternoon of sport as part of the school's option afternoon' project.

70 years ago...1941

BOSTON Borough and the rural district were aiming to provide the Royal Navy with another destroyer to add to its fleet upsetting Hitler’s new Atlantic U-boat campaign.

They were hoping to raise the £300,000 required to buy it and local officials were expecting the town to raise that and much more.

ENEMY bombers dropped several bombs over Lincolnshire on a Friday evening.

The worst attack was centred upon a Public Assistance Institution in an ‘old-world’ county market town. During the evening, two huge explosions shook the district. One bomb dropped just yards away from the building’s forecourt and demolished the old council boardroom. Another fell in a field the other side of the building and caused more damage by wrecking the maternity ward. Trees were also flattened and houses had windows blown out.

One man, a 67-year-old evacuee, died when the explosions brought on a heart attack.

CHILDREN in an east Lincolnshire village were said to have been very pleased when their school was bombed in the early hours of the morning – for it meant they were granted a welcome holiday.

A lone enemy raider visited the village and caused severe damage to the school with a high-explosive bomb which fell directly on the school building – the roof and upper part of which collapsed.

A resident of the village told The Standard: “The children are now on holiday pending arrangements for a new school to be made. They seem very pleased with the whole affair!”

40 years ago...1971

HOLLAND’S planners refused permission for a site of nearly six acres off London Road, Wyberton, to be developed as a huge discount shopping empire.

The project would have seen a single building area of around 50,000 square feet housing six specialist shops. The application was turned down due to extra traffic concerns for the area and similar retail premises already existing in town.

PEOPLE who abuse Social Security benefits were described as ‘professional malingerers and parasites’ by local MP Sir Richard Body.

“There are many in this area who are living off the rest of us,” he said. “These people will be the first to feel the pinch of the new Government,” he declared. “Such people are a blight on other people and have a demoralising effect of neighbours who go out to work.” He added: “We are going to make changes to rid us of these parasites!”

THE schoolboy’s idea of being able to do what he chooses came true on Thursday afternoons at William Lovell School, Stickney.

This time each week the whole school took part in an ‘options afternoon’ where pupils channelled themselves into different groups to pursue their own particular interest. There were group activities such as radio broadcasting, sports and nature study groups.

LOCKWOOD Canners Ltd in Long Sutton laid off 40 part-time female workers.

The company said it was trying to keep on employees who were solely responsible for a family’s up-keep.

Workers at the Boston-based factory were anticipating a similar measure but this branch was at the time as yet unaffected by the reductions in staff.

30 years ago…1981

YOUTHS were frightening old people living at the Ancaster and Grounds Courts in Boston by letting off fire extinguishers and running along corridors knocking on doors. Even live mice had been put through the letterboxes said the warden Frances Dixon. One crippled old lady heard a hissing noise outside her flat and when she opened the door she got the full blast of the fire extinguisher in her chest and foam went into her flat. Mrs Dixon said the residents, aged 73 to 94, were ‘scared stiff’ said the youths also used foul language.

NINETY-year-old Ethel Forster had a narrow escape in the early hours of the morning as she lay asleep in her front room – a car ploughed through the bay window of her home in Carlton Road. “I woke and thought a bomb had dropped in the room,” she said.

Then she saw the car, less than a yard from her bed and rubble piled into the room. “It was a miracle I was not hurt!” The car, which had been reportedly stolen, was being chased by police when it smashed into Miss Forster’s home. The driver escaped across fields behind the house.

WHEN a family of swans were suffering through being covered with oil, one of Boston’s bobbies came to the rescue.

Pc David Toyne was to be presented with the RSPCA’s Certificate of Merit after being called to a pond in Quadring to find two adult swans and their five cygnets lathered in oil dropped from a nearby railway bridge.

Pc Toyne, 34, caught the cygnets with the help of a farmer, but it needed help from an RSPCA officer and other volunteers to catch their parents. The family were cleaned with washing-up liquid before being taken to Lincoln by the RSPCA officer.

20 years ago...1991

WYBERTON teenager Kieron Cocks was set to brush up on his Spanish after hearing he had been selected as a member of Britain’s taekwondo squad for the Olympic Games in Barcelona. Kieron, 18, had been a member of the county’s senior team for two years and was now concentrating his efforts on going for gold.

COUNCILLORS were accused of being ‘mean and hypocritical’ towards local youngsters by refusing further cash help for the Boston adventure playground scheme. The borough council had been asked by the county council’s social services to contribute to staffing costs at the playground being produced at Ingelow Avenue by the council’s policy and finance committee.