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Hairdresser Karen Robinson shows off her Lady Diana hairstyle as Ethem Alcan, of the Bridge Street salon, puts the finishing touches to it.
Hairdresser Karen Robinson shows off her Lady Diana hairstyle as Ethem Alcan, of the Bridge Street salon, puts the finishing touches to it.

70 years ago...1941

IT WAS reported by the directors of education at a meeting on Boston education committee that in the event of German invasion, schools would remain open and in session as usual until an order from the regional commissioner was received to the contrary.

AFTER a seven-month effort, Boston had collected the £5,000 necessary to enable a Spitfire to take to the air bearing the insignia of the town. Money raised for the Boston and District Spitfire Fund was by members of the public, some of whom suggested the aircraft be called The Bostonian.

A POLICE station, a portion of which was occupied by an inspector and his family, was badly damaged when a German raider dropped a stick of bombs on the centre of an east coast town at midnight. Bombs damaged a church hall, police station, cinema, unoccupied flats over a library, and a garage. One bomb dropped in a garden failed to explode. The Standard reported it was little short of a miracle no-one was killed.

‘Let’s Bomb Berlin’ was the title of a talk by Boston minister the Rev D. Graham Thomas. He said: “I acknowledge you cannot wage war without destruction. The responsibility of deciding what are military targets must rest with our experts and their responsibility before God is frightening,” he added: “But the duty of every Christian in these days, when tempers are high, is to see that the very principles for which we fight are preserved and not denied by our own desire for wanton destruction.”

40 years ago...1971

BOSTON football referee Ray Tinkler was selected to handle the 1971 Amateur Cup Final at Wembley. The game, between Skelmersdale and Dagenham, was to be the first he refereed on the famous Wembley turf, although he was a linesman for the 1962 FA Cup Final. Ray, of Wyberton, said: “I’m delighted – it’s every referee’s ambition to go to Wembley.”

THE young members of Boston and District Chamber of Commerce published a ‘Brighter Boston Report’ which said the town was in danger of dying because many people were lethargic and apathetic. The report pointed out the town’s eyesores and named the firms which they thought should tidy up their premises.

CRITICS of Boston dock were silenced when it was revealed another 43,000 tons of cargo, 11 per cent more, was handled at the port the previous year and profit for the nine-month period ending in December was £1,000.

30 years ago...1981

BOSTON was supposedly ahead in the fashion stakes in regards to the ‘new’ national trend for Lady Diana hairstyles was concerned.

Thousands around the country were said to be asking their hairdressers for a royal cut-and-blow-Di. But when The Standard visited the local salons in Boston to ask about Lady Di’s hair, many said it was ‘out-of-date’ with several in the town having been wearing the style for three years. However, due to the recently-announced Royal engagement, Boston hairdresser Ethem Alcan said a number of girls had requested the style, but pointed out they had to have the ‘right kind of hair and right kind of face’ to pull it off.

POLICE put in road blocks around Boston after a prisoner escaped from the town’s police station. The man had been brought from Lincoln Prison and was due to appear at Boston Magistrate’s Court charged with two thefts of goods worth £10,600.

GIRLS and boys at Kirton Primary School made granny and granddad dolls to raise money for the Help the Aged. More than 100 dolls were made by the children and their parents for the Granny Dolls Appeal and they were sent to Help the Aged’s headquarters in Cambridge.

20 years ago...1991

CRITICISM from borough councillors was directed at two new modern telephone kiosks installed in Boston’s Market Place. Some councillors were unhappy about where they had been placed and that no-one had consulted them about it. Coun Margaret Haworth said one had been put directly in front of a seat at the top end of Strait Bargate ‘spoiling the enjoyment of many who used it’. The second was put in the middle of the pavement near Halfords. Coun Henry Taylor said: “I had calls asking if men from Mars had landed in the Market Place with all these new kiosks.”

A SUTTERTON couple who helped to save a teenager from her burning car in the early hours of a Sunday morning were in line for a possible police award. Fred and Marion Clay were returning to their home in Spalding Road when they saw the car on fire at the top of Mill Lane, Sutterton. “It looked like a bonfire and we didn’t realise what it was until we got there,” said Mr Clay. When they approached they found the car, driven by the 19-year-old Grantham woman, lying nose down in the dyke. “We could hear her crying and saw she couldn’t get out,” Mr Clay said. “There were two other people there and as they held the car up I pulled the girl out a side window.” Within minutes of the girl being rescued the car was completely burnt out. She was taken to hospital and released after being treated for a slight head injury.

BOSTON should have comprehensive schools and ditch the ‘11-plus lottery’ – so said John Hough, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Holland and Boston. Speaking about the borough council, Mr Hough said: “They should be calling for this new secondary comprehensive system based on one school for the north and one for the south. What we need in Boston is a modern, quality secondary education system that includes all children, giving them equal opportunities.”