20 years ago...1992
A BOSTON policeman escaped with only minor cuts to his head after his car overturned at Swineshead Road, Boston.
No other vehicles were involved and it was believed the Vauxhall Astra had clipped a kerb before turning over.
The car was extensively damaged and the policeman was detained at Pilgrim Hospital for a short time.
l BOSTON couple Malcolm Palmer and Joy Adams got more than they bargained for when they flew out to California for a two-week holiday.
Not only did they experience the after shocks from a major earthquake that rocked the state, but they were also in Los Angeles at the start of the previous week’s race riots which lead to many deaths and looting across the city.
l REVESBY Abbey, the early Victorian country mansion, was to be auctioned off in London.
The picturesque abbey, set in 10 acres of gardens and woodland, had a guide price of £150,000-£250,000.
l THE plight of animals that spent their lives in laboratories was brought home to local shoppers when members of Boston Animal Aid took up position in Strait Bargate to mark World Day for Laboratory Animals. The Boston group was formed the previous year to campaign against all types of animal suffering, including animals testing and fox hunting. Helping to get the message across on the day was Gnasher, a beagle dog who was saved from going to a laboratory by Jane Malkinson, of Boston Animal Aid.
30 years ago...1982
THE Standard reported that many youngsters were being denied the chance to become scouts and cubs because of an acute shortage of leaders.
l BOSTON’S Unemployed Workers’ Centre opened its doors for business and immediately had a good response. Staff manning the centre said people had been going in all day and asking for help and advice.
l PARENTS in Boston lost the battle to save St Botolph’s School after it was announced it would close later that summer. Parents had been fighting for three years for a reprieve for the Church of England aided school in Pump Square. Many of the school’s 60 pupils were said to have been in tears following the news.
l A TORNADO jet was involved in a belly-flop crash landing at RAF Coningsby. Fire engines from all around the RAF base rushed into action when the accident happened but there was only a small fire and no one was injured. The jet, piloted by an Italian and accompanied by a German instructor, was on a training exercise.
40 years ago...1972
A MAN who saved Boston from terror and destruction during the Second World War was tracked down.
He was Captain ‘Rod’ Rodney, a senior pilot with Olympus Airways. It was suggested at a meeting of Boston Probus Club, that he should receive civil recognition.
Flying officer Rodney and his crew took off from Woodhall Spa on one of the first Lancaster aircraft to be operational with a load of sea mines and gallons of fuel.
A problem with the plane in the skies over Boston saw Rodney perform an emergency landing – preventing the aircraft from going down over the populated area of the town.
The Lancaster struck roof tops in the Taverner Road area as it went over the town.
He struggled on with the lumbering aircraft, finally making a successful belly-flop landing at Freiston Shore marches.
It was said to be a ‘miracle’ that the craft did not explode or catch fire with the explosive materials on board.
l BOSTON veteran Bicycle Club’s ninth annual rally attracted a record 147 entrants, many from clubs as far away as Yorkshire and Oxfordshire. Pictured here is club vice-chairman Walter Aliwell on his 1864 bike, the oldest in the rally, getting a push-off, watched by Boston Mayor, Coun Norman Clement and mayoress.
l PICTURED: Ten pretty finalists line up for the parade in the Boston Carnival Queen Contest 1972. Pictured from left, are Vicky Sweeting, Annette Barton, Beryl Briggs, Christine Ayton, Susan Taylor, Sandra Collins, Susan Brocklesby, Annette Wilson, Janice Caesar and Robina Burton. The winner was 19-year-old dental nurse Susan Taylor, of London Road, Boston, who was chosen by a panel of judges at the Carnival Queen dance held in the Assembly Rooms. Runner-up was Janice Caesar, 22, of Kirton.
50 years ago...1962
It WAS reported that there had been a steady increase in the number of cases dealt with by the NSPCC in Boston.
The report was made to a meeting of the Boston and District branch of the society where it was revealed that it had dealt with 135 cases concerning 399 children.
l A NINE-year-old boy was bitten by a monkey in a side show at the May Fair. Peter Gunson, of Woad Farm Road, was taken to Boston General Hospital where he received anti-tetanus injections for the bite.
l ‘LET’S make marriage harder’ said the writer of an article in an issue of ‘Strife’ – the parish magazine for St Nicholas’ in Boston.
“It is deplorably easy to get married in England today,” said the article, adding: “Let us stop the silly romantic pretence that being in love is the sole requirement for marriage.”
l ALL the fun at the May Fair the previous week was followed by fun and thrills at the circus the week after. The entertainment was laid on for families in town by the Bertram Mills Circus. A pictured in the paper showed clowns Jacko, Nikki and Billy.