SPORT FROM THE PAST: Releasing their catch

Big catch! Tony Harrison with some of the collection.
Big catch! Tony Harrison with some of the collection.

Boston Angling Club had a monster haul of more than 50 fish back in 1988... but they were desperate to release their catch.

The club was searching for a new home for their antique cases of stuffed freshwater fish, back in 1988.

Many of the creatures were more than 80 years old and had been on display in the committee room and stairway of ther King’s Head pub, which used to be situated on Emery Lane.

However, the angling association was forced to search for a new home - after 12 years at the pub - because the new landlord had asked that the collection be removed.

Boston AA considered its collection to be one of the best in the country, and hoped it could keep all the cases together.

However, it wasn’t afraid to check out their options.

Vice-president Tony Harrison said: “It’s a wonderful collection.

“Most people don’t even know it exists but it is part of Boston’s heritage and we want to keep it in Boston.

“In about six months we may have to split up the collection and sell it off.

“Boston will lose a fine collection.”

The collection of fish, caught by anglers from a bygone era, had been in the association’s hands since the 1920s.

Back then it was on display at the Castle Inn pub, Fydell Street.

○ Also 25 years ago, Boston golfer Ty Winn was keeping up his winning streak.

Playing at Boston Golf Club, he won the preliminary round of the world’s largest amateur contest – the Ford Amateur Golf Tournament.

Ty’s victory was his third in four years.

He now had an anxious wait to see whether his score was eligible to qualify for the next stage of the competition, the national finals.

If successful, he would be set to play at the Belfry.