45 years ago...1966
BOSTON borough residents were anticipating the switch on of a new television channel – BBC2. The BBC was also set to introduce interference-free reception BBC1 and VHF sound to Lincolnshire and parts of South Yorkshire and East Riding when their new transmitter at Belmont was expected to be opened on November 19.
TWO teenagers whose dinghy overturned in Boston’s Maud Foster Drain were rescued by a Boston company director. Robert Keightley, director of Reg Keightley and Sons boatbuilders, was getting into his Land Rover by the drain in Willoughby Road to take his son Roy to school when he noticed the overturned fibre-glass dinghy in the water. “I ran down to the bank, launched a dinghy and pulled them out the water,” he said. One of the boys admitted he couldn’t swim so Mr Keightley told him off for not wearing a life jacket before dropping the two boys off in Wellington Road where they said they lived.
‘MEMORABLE, colourful and exciting’ is how the opening night of Blackfriars Theatre was described. The theatre auditorium was packed out with 240 people to watch the first ever play – A. W. Pinero’s The Magistrates by Lincoln Theatre Company. The auditorium was opened by Nigel Abercrombie, secretary general of the Arts Council. It was described as ‘one of the really important occasions in Boston’s history’.
Little Angela (pictured) holds the cup but her pony did a good deal of the work – and her pony was doing its best to claim the reward. Nine-year-old Angela Wright, of Beech Tree Fram, Leverton Highgate, wanted to be a show jumper like Pat Smythe. With her ponies Silver and Melody – she was well on the way and had already won many awards at shows and gymkhanas during the season.
35 years ago...1976
PAUL Favell was a big bouncing baby – the biggest born in the new Pilgrim Hospital maternity wing – weighing in at 11lb 2oz. When his mum, June Favell, of Queen’s Road, Boston, was taken into the hospital the previous week she was told she could be having twins. Paul caused quite a stir at the Boston United match where his dad, Brian Favell, was a committee member of the supporters’ club. Paul was already the size of an ordinary two-month-old baby.
HOTEL receptionist Julie Woods received a lengthy engagement present from her fiance – a six-foot python. Julie, 22, of High Street, Boston, was ‘delighted’ with the gift as she was a self-confessed snake-lover. The man who bought the gift for her was 19-year-old Dale Neil who revealed the python could live to be 100. Julie worked at the White Hart hotel and Dale for his father at the King Solomon club.
DONINGTON residents were up in arms over a small sewage plant on their new housing estate. The plant, in Ash Court, was branded an ‘eyesore’ by residents who thought it would be constructed underground. However, South Holland District Council said the plant would be be removed within three years when the main Donington plant was extended.
TOILETS at the corner of Woodville Road had already closed through vandalism – and were then set to be completely demolished. Suggestions to the borough council that money should be spent on doing the toilets up again were dismissed as ‘money down the drain’ as the toilets were a repeated target for vandals.
25 years ago...1986
THE former chairman of a Boston timber giants blasted off part of his leg in a shooting accident. The man was rushed to Pilgrim Hospital with serious injuries after his single-barrel shotgun accidentally discharged while he was shooting ducks at North Kyme. The force of the blast blew away his left calf, according to police.
A FARMER found a large hoard of coins possibly dating from the 14th century. Experts from the British Museum in London were to examine the coins to determine if they were part of a ‘treasure trove’. The farmer, who did not want to be identified, found them on his farm in the Surfleet area. He said: “I don’t think they’re really valuable – I’m not that sort of lucky fellow.”
CHILDREN were warned they were risking their lives by using the timber storage land at Boston Dock estate as an adventure playground. A concerned shipping company had already issued the warnings to schools and reported the matter to police but children were still playing there, and had started to build a den and light fires.
The company said it would be prosecuting parents for any children caught trespassing there.
15 years ago...1996
BOROUGH councillors abandoned policy to allow Kentucky Fried Chicken to come into Boston Market Place. Their about-turn came at a full council meeting when they voted 21-7 in favour of KFC’s application to open a restaurant at the former H. N. Robinson pharmacy premises. It meant going against their policy of having no more than 25 per cent non-retail shop fronts in the Market Place.
POLICE who mounted a ‘sting’ operation in Boston’s Rowley Road after a spate of car break-ins caught a local man red-handed as he tried to steal from an unmarked police van. The offender broke into the van in the early hours of the morning by removing one of the back windows. Police swooped and arrested him as he was removing items from inside.
ST BEDE’S pupils had been working hard to send children’s clothes to the needy in Kosovo – but needed to raise £150 to send them there. So the pupils organised several fundraising events including a penalty shoot-out, a sponsored silence for one ‘very talkative year 11 girl’, a bring-and-buy stall and finally, a talent show.
The winners from this were both from year 11 – Nicky Lyon and his Peter Andre (Prince Nazzim dance) and Swinging Sisters Becky Green, Sadie Booth and Emma Baker – who performed a Sixties mix.