17/08/07 - Long hair was the fashion for these King's School boys

THESE King's School lads were photographed outside the Old School in about 1972 by Alister Hutchinson.


We do not have any information about the picture but it is possible that they were sixth-formers.

Long hair seemed to be the obligatory style of the day, little more than a decade after short hair was the rule. Headmaster in the 1950s Jim 'Shave' Huggins was a stickler for smartness – and the length of hair measured by prefects.

The picture was sent in by Mrs Kathleen Aspland, of Greyfriars, Grantham, but we do not have any names of the pupils.

If you can identify any of the pupils write to John Pinchbeck at the Journal, 46 High Street, Grantham, or e-mail him at john.pinchbeck@granthamjournal


Coach was workhorse of its day

THIS bus, pictured in 1951, will bring back memories to a lot of the older travellers in town.

It is a 'multi-purpose' Leyland Comet coach owned by Joe Simmons of Great Gonerby, proprietor of Reliance Coaches.

Dave Parkes, of Harrowby Lane, Grantham, spotted the photo in an antiques shop in Horncastle, and remembered it was driven by his father, Arthur 'Happy' Parkes.

The picture is believed to have been taken in London on a day trip.

If any reader can remember being on this trip, call John Pinchbeck at the Journal (Tel: 541426).

Grand house part of 'rags to riches' story

THE house featured in last week's Memory Lane is Dudley House, on Dudley Road, Grantham.

It was demolished in about 1969 to make way for the Seventh-Say Adventist Church and Dudley House School.

Taken in 1901, it shows the family of William Lee, son of John Lee who gave his name to a generation of local companies and a pioneer in recycling.

Born in Norton Street, John's story was truly one of rags to riches.

Many locals will remember John Lee's factory in Hands Yard, a cut-through from High Street to Welby Street alongside the Granada cinema, where rabbit pelts could be seen hung up to dry.

James Lee, of Bottesford, said their biggest customer was Stetson in the USA, which used them to trim cowboy hats.

The picture shows William and his wife Mary (seated left) with family and friends. It includes their children Rothwell (who became Mayor of Grantham), Grace, Marion, Elizabeth, Carlton, Godfrey, Holdsworth, Silverwood and Hatfield.

The Way We Were

10 Years Ago

STAFF at Grantham Hospital were asked to volunteer for redundancy in a move designed to cut the 1.2 million budget deficit.

* Farm worker Barry Slater escaped injury when the 40,000 combine harvester he was driving in a wheat field at Skillington suddenly burst into flames.

* South Kesteven district councillor John Wilks said Grantham could lose its Mayor unless it applied for parish council status.

* Kennel maid Kelly Taylor, 18, headed to the millionaires' playground of Monaco to look after the dogs of Princess Antoinette for two months.

* Grantham Town FC manager Gary Mills said his side was fully prepared to win the Dr Martens League Midland Division and gain promotion.

25 Years Ago

AN inspection of the exterior of St Wulfram's Church revealed damage to crockets that would cost 15,000 to repair.

* Rings worth 1,000 were taken by a gang of five youths in a "walk-in" raid on Graves' jewellers in High Street, Grantham.

* Fulbeck Cricket Club won their third trophy of the season when they beat Woolsthorpe to add the Brownlow Cup to their victories in Pattinson and Thompson cups.

* Grantham Town FC reached the final of the county cup following a 1-1 draw against Gainsborough Trinity, their goal scored by new signing Mick Howard after just 45 seconds.

* So many children signed up for a cycling proficiency course at Belton Lane Primary School they had to be split into two groups.

50 Years Ago

GRANTHAM borough magistrates went to Granada cinema on St Peter's Hill to preview the controversial nudist film The Garden of Eden and gave it a U certificate.

* Twenty-eight members of Denton Youth Club left for an eight-day tour of Belgium.

* British Transport Commission said Hougham railway station would be declared 'redundant' and passenger train services withdrawn from Claypole.

* The affects of continued dry weather on produce yields meant farmers were receiving up to 70 a ton for carrots compared to the usual 20.

lOne of the games at Ancaster Church fete was guess the height of an aeroplane flown over the vicarage by Mr Simpson, of Sudbrook House.

100 Years Ago

MARK Gray was sentenced to one day's imprisonment at Spittlegate Police Station for 'lodging in a cart' at Hougham.

* Medical superintendent Dr Ewan said of 58 cases admitted to Kesteven County Asylum the previous year, in only three was alcohol given as the "exciting cause".

* Mr J. Fillingham, of The George Hotel, was granted a licence to sell alcohol at the motor-car hill-climbing competitions in Syston Park.

* The famous Black Dike Band, which had just returned from a tour of America, gave a concert in the Exchange Hall, Grantham.

* Members of Grantham FC were told at the club's annual meeting at the Blue Man pub in Westgate, that the Harlaxton Road pitch had been secured for another year and that the team had entered the Midland Amateur Alliance League.