04/07/08 - Driving a lorry at harvest in 1961 was enjoyable, but the pay was very poor

THESE pictures were taken in 1961 at B&RB Burtt's farm at Brandon.

It was harvest time and, although agriculture was well mechanised at the time, it was still more labour-intensive than today.

The pictures were brought in by Robert Scott, of Hougham, who was driving the Thames Trader lorry.

Robert worked for Burtt's until 1964 when he became a full-time lorry driver. He said: "It was a nice job and I enjoyed it but the money was poor. You couldn't live on it."

10 Years Ago

POLICE closed London Road, Grantham, when a major blaze broke out in Just Tyres, leaving a 150,000 repair bill.

*Four volunteers from refuse company Onyx dragged more than two tons of rubbish from the River Witham between Belton Lane bridge and the white Bridge, including 42 car tyres and five supermarket shopping trolleys.

* Floral tributes were laid at a tree planted by Princess

Diana in 1987, on what

would have been her 37th birthday.

* England darts team skipper Martin Adams, of Peterborough, presented the prizes at Grantham and District Darts League finals at the Electric Club.

* All 21 members of Grantham Townswomen's Guild backed a call to make cannabis legal for the seriously and terminally ill.

25 Years Ago

GRANTHAM Town shocked the football world by signing former Norwich City, Southampton, Manchester City and England striker Phil Boyer.

* Seasonal work took more than 160 people off the dole queue in Grantham, but there were still 2,367 jobless, almost 11 per cent of the town's working population.

* There were more than 120 entries to Buckminster and Sewstern Pony Show and Gymkhana, which was held in glorious weather.

* Three young men, who had had too much to drink and removed the flagpole from the front of Grantham Fire Station and carried it along Harlaxton Road before dumping it in a garden, were each fined 50.

* More than 600 people turned up to St Anne's School Association fete to mark the 10th anniversary of its opening on the Harrowby Road site.

50 Years Ago

FORMER Grantham Mayor Susan Brace was taken to hospital after falling 12ft from an overhead cable slide at Great Gonerby Church fete held in the grounds of her Gonerby House home.

* Dr Charles Frier, of Barrowby Road, a respected GP in Grantham for more than 60 years until his retirement in 1955, was entered on the roll of Fellows of the British Medical Association.

* Well-known television trumpeter Kenny Baker, driving along St Peter's Hill, knocked down elderly Annie Pinchbeck, of New Street, Grantham.

* Many fish and chip shops in the area were faced with closing for a few days because of a shortage of potatoes due to bad weather preventing them being picked.

* Grantham Town signed Aubrey Southwell, a former pupil of the Boys' Central School, who went on to captain Notts County.

100 Years Ago

MEMBERS of Grantham Early Closing Association held their annual picnic at Stoke Rochford Hall where a tea in the courtyard was catered for by Mr Watson of the Dysart Caf, Grantham.

* The train carrying the Prince and Princess of Wales to Newcastle stopped at Grantham Station for several minutes, but "few people were aware of their presence".

* The Grantham branch of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants paraded through

the streets on their annual "demonstration" led by the Grantham and Salvation Army bands.

* Miss Rita Young, daughter of Dr Frome-Young, of Ancaster, was commended by an inquest jury in Cornwall for her brave

attempt to save the lives of

two young female swimmers who had got in to difficulties in the sea.