Take a step down Boston’s memory lane with The Standard’s weekly nostalgia column.

Oldrids Motors' customers chanced their arms by stroking Emma the tiger at the open day held to celebrate the firm's appointment as Talbot main dealers for the Boston area. There were nervous smiles from the wary humans - but no smile on the face of the tiger.
Oldrids Motors' customers chanced their arms by stroking Emma the tiger at the open day held to celebrate the firm's appointment as Talbot main dealers for the Boston area. There were nervous smiles from the wary humans - but no smile on the face of the tiger.
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70 years ago...1942

AN ALARMING accident befell young lorry driver James Tomlinson while making a delivery. James, 18, of Gosberton Cheal, was driving along Pinchbeck Road towards the Sugar Factory when the steering went wrong and it swerved into a dyke. The load of sugar beet shot forward over the cab and Mr Tomlinson was covered with it and trapped. When he was eventually freed it was thought he had serious injuries, but he was allowed home from hospital after three days.

WRITING in the parish Magazine, Mayor of Boston, Coun J. G. Wrigley, wrote: “Boston seems to lead the way in many things in the county, notably the war savings and salvage campaigns, and I should like Boston to be more united in faith. Instead of grumbling, we ought all join together to add our weight to asking the Almighty God to hear our prayers for victory over evil.”

NEWS was received that prisoner of war Flying Officer W. Arthur Staniland, of Skirbeck Road, Boston, was recovering after injuries he sustained during a daylight raid over Germany. Mr Staniland’s parents received the news that he was well enough to play football at the camp.

A BOSTON woman was thrilled when she was able to broadcast a message over the airwaves to her brother serving in India. Mrs Stow, of Frampton Place, sent a message to Signalman Alfred Benton, of Boston. The host speaker of the ‘Lincolnshire News Letter’ broadcast was BBC man David Manderson, who also came from Frampton Place. Mrs Stow said: “Hello Alf. Pleased you’re well and that your tonsils are okay. We are all fine and receive your letters and cables. We send plenty too, hope you get them. Mum and Dad send their love so keep smiling, you’ll soon be back home again.”

50 years ago...1962

BOSTON docks were to do a trial run of coke exportation in the hope it would prove successful for future dock trade. A substantial increase in traffic through the dock was expected. The important increase had been made possible by the cessation in coal and coke handling at Grimsby docks. One Boston company was expected to handle 9,000 tons of coke over the course of a year.

FEARS that Boston’s proposed inner relief road would be obsolete by the time it was completed were expressed by Coun N. H. Middlebrook at a meeting of the Town Council. Coun Middlebrook spoke in favour of the council asking for a bypass road. After discussing the matter, the Highways Committee recommended no action be taken on the matter until the inner relief road had been completed.

40 years ago...1972

AUXILIARY night nurse Ann Dunham slept in her flat in Bartol Crescent unaware her front room was on fire. At the back of her ground-floor flat her neighbours were banging on the window trying to rouse her.

Eventually she awoke and discovered the fire – the hard way. Wondering what all the noise was about she opened her living room door to be met with flames which badly singed her hair and eyebrows. The fire brigade arrived but the room was gutted. Boston General Hospital nurse Mrs Dunham got out uninjured but was left badly shaken.

WHEN Wigtoft lorry driver Ron Carlton noticed flames coming from beneath the cab of his 32-ton oil tanker in the early hours of the morning he knew what he had to do – he kept going. For he was in the village of Wix and knew there could be a disaster if his tanker carrying gas oil exploded. “There could have been such as mess if she had gone up,” he said. “I drove out of the village, stopped and disconnected the load then got back into the burning cab and drove it well away.” Ron then located a fire extinguisher to put the flames out just as the fire brigade arrived.

A ‘PROFESSIONAL’ attempt to scale the 80ft-high lamp on the island of Boston Market Place failed. Leverton farmer and experienced mountain climber Dave Grant and two friends arrived with ropes, slings and hooks in a bid to climb what was still referred to as The Five Lamps. In a dangerous tradition, New Year’s revellers had recently attempted and failed to shin to the top of the pole, urged on by alcohol fuelled crowds. Watched by surprised shoppers, Dave climbed just over half way but then had to come down when his hooks straightened out.

FRAMPTON woman Doris Mable Halgarth was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honors List – for being a mother to 13 children. Fore more than 30 years, Doris, of Middlegate Road, had been a foster mother for Holland County Council. Doris, who never had any children of her own, started taking in children during the outbreak of war in 1939. After registering with the council after the war, she focussed on fostering just girls. She said: “They have all been good. All the married ones have done well for themselves.”

30 years ago...1982

BOSTON came ‘perilously close’ to major fire disaster in the town centre after a gas cylinder exploded at a jewellers in Emery Lane. Divisional fire officer at Boston, Alec Lawrence, said: “The potential for disaster was there. When they reached the traffic lights near Hollands Garage the firemen could see flames leaping into the sky. It’s amazing that the flames did not jump street.” Two people suffered burn injuries during the fire.

FORMER Boston nursing officer Esther Guttman got the best late Christmas present she could have hoped for – a reunion with the brother she had not seen for 48 years.

Their emotional meeting in a flat in Paris came nearly half a century after the two were parted in Berlin at the start of the Nazi campaign of tyranny against the Jews took place. “It was overwhelming and so exciting,” said Mrs Guttman, of Somersby Way, Boston. “I had tried so long to find him and I was beginning to think I never would.” German-born Mrs Guttman was aged 15 when she said a tearful goodbye to her younger brother Herman when he was helped to escape the country to Paris. Mrs Guttman then moved to England, shortly before the war began.

KIND-hearted firemen, who were unable to save a little girl’s Christmas presents from a blaze at her Quadring home, returned afterwards with clothes and toys to cheer her up. Eleven-year-old Carol Carey lost everything but her favourite teddy bear when her bedroom went up in flames. The fire started when a heater was positioned near to her wardrobe. Carol said of the firemen: “It was very nice of them.”