April 24, 1948… 60 years ago this week
* A BOSTON farmer won the right to evict a husband and wife who were living in former army huts on his land.
The couple were the original owners of the land but, on completion of the sale, were rendered homeless and began living in the zinc and wood huts.
The judge gave them two months to pack their bags.
* FIFTY pounds for a finger! That was the price one complainant put on his digit at Boston County Court.
The labourer had part of his index finger removed after a work accident and was filing for compensation.
However, his boss pointed out the employee had been able to continue work and was actually more productive since the amputation.
The judge refused to record the incident, saying the complainant should be offered a larger sum, or the 50 he requested plus a declaration of liabilities.
* THE 'Old Bill' looked set to pay off their bills with more ease – as Lincolnshire's policemen were put forward for a pay rise. The Holland Study Joint Committee agreed to petition the Home Office for better pay.
Alderman Giles suggested an officer's wage should compare favourably with other jobs, adding: "The pay envelope has a lot to do with their contentment. Not forgetting the policeman's wife."
* JIMMY McGraham was announced as Boston United's new manager following the resignation of Fred Tunstall.
The former player made his Stumpites debut in a
0-0 FA Cup draw with Scunthorpe in 1924.
Man fought the law... and the law lost
April 26, 1968… 40 years ago this week
* A BOSTON man walked free from court after pleading not guilty to being drunk and disorderly – because the law didn't exist.
It had been illegal to be drunk and disorderly ever since the licensing act of 1872. But when a replacement act was introduced the previous year this matter was repealed and, by accident, not replaced.
Boston magistrates dismissed the case. Lincolnshire Police said they would appeal.
* STRAIT Bargate chemist Bailey and Alexander had been broken into twice in three months.
Knowing they needed to take action after the first raid, the owners put iron bars around the windows and lined their doors with steel.
However, thieves then broke in through the roof and stole thousands of pills, including 'purple hearts' and 'pep pills'.
* COPPER Chief Insp A. Sempers was found to be in possession of an arsenal of deadly weapons.
The Standard snapped him in his office with seven shotguns, seven rifles, eight pistols – one of them an antique – and one humane killer.
Fortunately, for the Chief Inspector, he was showing off the results of a firearms amnesty – which he said received an 'average response'.
* A FIFTEEN-year-old Boston boy told the juvenile court he needed the 'discipline' of borstal to straighten his life out.
The youngster – who appeared for breaking into Boston Amateur Sports Association with the aim of stealing – got his wish.
Market trader John proved a crash hero
April 28, 1988… 20 years ago this week
* BRAVE Wyberton market trader John Richardson was hailed a hero after pulling Sleaford woman Judith Gadd from her burning VW Polo.
The pair had been involved in a four-car pile-up at Hubberts Bridge.
A still 'dazed' Mr Richardson left his car to help the rescue.
* A MAN was refused entry to the members-only Corn Exchange night club, along Craythorne Lane.
In revenge the 28-year-old used a knuckle duster to punch his way through a reinforced window before assaulting a doorman.
It was an act that would see him end up in court and ordered to pay 525.
* MARSH Lane onion factory Jack Israels was ordered to clean up its act.
The site was granted planning permission to turn the use of adjacent land from agricultural to industrial – but Boston Borough Council demanded it first clean up dumped barrels which had caused complaints from nearby residents.
* BOSTON may have Pescod Square these days, but in 1988 plans were put on hold as Oldrids backed out of the scheme.
The department store claimed it had not been impressed by the work put in by the investors in the 20 million scheme.
However, the firm soon completed a U-turn and rejoined the project.
Arise Sir Brian... of Sri Lanka
April 23, 1998… 10 years ago this week
* A GOSBERTON couple were knighted in a special ceremony in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Neighbours were still struggling to come to terms with calling the Charlestone-Stokeses Sir Brian and Dame Jennie – and not even attempting to remember their official titles as Knights of Malta, the Ecumenical Royal Medical Humanitarian Order of St John of Jerusalem.
They were given the honours after years of voluntary medical teaching in the Asian country.
* ELEVEN people had to be rescued by firefighters after a blaze swept through flats at Middlecott Close.
It was estimated 2,000-worth of damage had been caused.
* BURGLARS broke in to the White Swan pub at Bicker and made away with a haul worth 1,400.
The sticky-fingered thieves made off with goods and the cash register.
However, Boston's Coach and Horses was busy toasting getting off lightly.
The same thieves entered the Main Ridge pub – and got away with nothing.
* TWO ladies preparing to take a bath were in safe hands… they were with Boston United's goalkeepers.
Stoppers Paul Bastock and Nick Maddison, plus Pilgrims Leigh Taylor and Danny Clayton, were drafted in to help Boots make-up expert Sam Fraser.
She had been named the region's top consultant and was up for a national award.
She had been asked to put together a promotional video about her work – and asked the footballers to star alongside her.
The two ladies ready to bathe were customers Sam Green and Tina Silkstone.