Take a walk down Boston’s memory Lane with our weekly nostalgia column.

Staff at John Swain butchers in Boston's market Place, where an unusual ploy notice was put up to attract customers.
Staff at John Swain butchers in Boston's market Place, where an unusual ploy notice was put up to attract customers.
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45 years ago...1967

POP stars the Small Faces left the stage of Boston’s Gliderdrome on a Saturday night after a glass hurled from the 4,000-strong audience hit drummer Kenny Jones in the head.

Eighteen-year-old Kenny went to Boston General Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries to his scalp. Earlier, during the group’s show a tin ashtray was thrown at the band, hitting Steve Marriot’s guitar.

POLICE were called out at midnight to a home in Fishtoft Road, Boston, after a member of the public spotted a man climbing through the window of a home there.

But when police arrived and knocked on the door to question the man, they discovered he lived there but had been locked out without a key.

Peter Harrison eventually managed to convince the police officer that he lived at the house.

He had been out playing darts and returned at 11.30pm to find his wife had gone to bed, turned out the lights and locked the doors.

BOSTONIANS were reminded to retune their TV sets as colour television came to Boston for the first time.

Colour TV sets were expected to be available to the public in the next three months but one colour set, believed to be the first in Lincolnshire, was on display at Multisignals shop in Bridge Street, Boston.

35 years ago...1977

A GOODS train driver and a lorry driver both leapt to safety just before their vehicles collided at Swineshead Bridge level crossing.

The accident happened in dense fog just seconds after a morning commuter train had passed along the track. The articulated lorry smashed through the barrier which had been lowered for the Sleaford to Skegness passenger train.

The goods train was close behind and the 58-year-old driver from Lincoln saw the lorry on the track and jumped clear before impact.

The lorry driver, from Scunthorpe, also leapt from his cab and walked uway from the mangled wreckage unhurt.

UNEMPLOYMENT in Boston was increasing and latest figures showed the rate of unemployment in the town had crept above the national average.

The total number registered as unemployed in Boston stood at 1,493 in January, compared to 1,192 in the October.

PARISH councillors in Donington were planning an act which some may have mistaken for an April Fool joke. They were preparing to paint double yellow lines along the village’s Park Lane on April 1 to carry out their threat to the Department of the Environment.

The councillors had been asking for double yellow lines along the lane for three months and at their meeting they issued the ultimatum ‘if the lines are not down by April 1, members will do the work themselves’.

Happy the Golden Labrador was living up to her name.

For the five-year-old dog had been left a yearly income of £1,000 by her master Frank Cutforth – to keep her in comfort for the rest of her life.

Happy was being looked after by Mr Cutforth’s niece Mary Hoult, who said she needed no prompting to take care of the dog. “She was very upset when her master died, “ said Mary. “She was devoted to him.” Retired farmer Mr Cutforth died the previous October, aged 74, leaving £18,629.

25 years ago...1987

SHOPPERS in Boston may have been fooled into thinking that a sex shop had opened in the Market Place.

But a closer inspection soon allayed their worst fears – the shop was actually a butchers in disguise.

Emblazoned in white wash paint was a notice on butcher John Swain’s window with a simply eye-catching message ‘SEX’. The idea was to attract customers, but it also attracted a few strange glances and a lot of laughs. Underneath the sex notice was a smaller message which said that some of the meats were reduced by 10 per cent.

RESIDENTS of Coningsby who suffered with aircraft noise from the village’s RAF base were looking forward to the possibility of getting double glazing fitted, courtesy of the Government.

In a letter to a resident from local MP Sir Peter Tapsell, it stated that a survey was to be carried out to assess the levels of noise and the possibility of work being undertaken to positively reduce it.

BOSTON police urged cyclists to ‘lock it, or lose it’ in a bid to curb the rising trend of bicycle thefts in the town.

The blunt message for cyclists to securely lock their bikes was given after figures revealed more than 500 bikes were stolen in the borough in 1986 – 129 more than the previous year.

OLDRIDS department store in Boston recorded its first record annual turnover of £10 million.

Managing director Bob Isaac, who was set to retire, said: “It’s a tremendous achievement for the company and the staff who seemed determined to reach the £10 million mark in my final year.”

15 years ago...1997

ELECTRICITY engineers sparked a major operation after a line-throwing practise from the dock went wrong and the line looped itself over a 132-volt live cable across the River Haven at the entrance to the port. The incident happened when marine operators from the harbour master’s department were practising how to use equipment in an emergency – but produced one instead and resulted in 22,000 customers from the Mablethorpe, Skegness and Alford area losing their electricity for an hour-and-a-half.

BOSTON had more to offer than Lincoln – and this was a fact back in 1987, according to the University of Strathclyde which conducted a research project to see which UK towns were the best to live in. Boston fared well in a league table reaching a credible 69th place and beating Tunbridge Wells and Harrogate among others.

Researchers took a variety of factors into account including the unemployment rate, cost of housing, access to medical care, crime figures, local schools’ performance, education league and pollution.

Top of the table was Dumfries. Lincoln came in at 170 – but Boston was beaten by Spalding at 29 and Grantham at 40.