Pages From The Past


l Sleaford cricket team looked certain to win their game at Newark after scoring 138 and then taking five home wickets with just 37 runs on the board. However, a knock of 63 not out by Gerald Marsh changed the whole game as Newark went on to win by four wickets. Ehrenfried top scored for Sleaford with 47.

l At the annual meeting of Sleaford Amateurs FC it was decided to enter the Ruskington League and Medals (both divisions), the Lincolnshire Junior Cup and the Bourne Hospital Cup. C Sleight was appointed first team captain, with A F Money vice captain, while N Clarke was appointed captain of the second team, with L R Kidd his vice captain.

l A Boston motorist was fined £2, with £1 5s costs, at Sleaford Petty Sessions for driving his van without reasonable consideration at Brauncewell. He drove into a car that had pulled up at the side of the road as the driver asked for directions from two walkers and nearly hit one of the walkers.

l An inquiry into the derailment of the LNER York to Lowestoft express at Sleaford junction in February concluded that the accident had been caused by the excessive speed of the train. Three people were killed outright in the accident and a fourth person later died in hospital.

l A Hampstead man was fined £1, with 12s 6d costs, at Sleaford Petty Sessions after he nearly crashed into a cyclist waiting at traffic lights outside the Star Stores in Southgate, Sleaford. The car mounted the pavement but the cyclist stepped out of the way before being ‘pancaked’ according to witness Jack Warrington.


l Superintendant John Cottingham of Sleaford Police Division said he was ‘deeply concerned about Sleaford’s increasing traffic problems’. He predicted conditions in the town would become chaotic unless steps were taken to find a solution. The first priority, he said, was a by-pass which would include a flyover.

l Sleaford and Grantham MP Joe Godber told the Standard there was a possibility of Ruskington railway station being reopened. The Eastern Region traffic manager for British Railways confirmed a proposed new Lincoln-Boston service would pass through Ruskington. However, stations at Navenby, Caythorpe and Harmston were to close.

l Gale force winds brought down a tree on Mareham Lane, narrowly missing a car and two cyclists. Volunteers from nearby houses armed with axes and saws soon cleared the tree.

l Frank Proctor was in the news as the oldest newspaper ‘boy’ in the district. At the age of 77 he was calling at 90 homes in Harmston each day delivering daily and weekly papers.

l Needing seven runs off the last ball to win their game against Radcliffe, Sleaford Town cricket team salvaged a tie when Jessop smashed the final delivery for six. Radcliffe had declared on 126-8 and Sleaford replied with 126-2, with Jessop 68 not out and Moore making 45.


l The row between Interflora and North Kesteven District Council over the issue of parking facilities continued to rage, with 100 jobs in the balance if Interflora carried out their threat to withdraw from the town and move its whole operation to Peterborough. Interflora president Brian Wills-Pope said: “The reason for Interflora to move out of Sleaford would be the uncooperative attitude of NKDC and its officers.”

l Sleaford MP Douglas Hogg supported the call for a revision of the firearms laws in the wake of the Hungerford massacre.

l Flash floods caused havoc in and around Sleaford. Emergency services were stretched to the limit as weekend storms flooded more than 100 homes and businesses, mostly in Sleaford. The White Hart Hotel, Slowboat restaurant and King’s Stores, all in Southgate, were among the businesses that were flooded.

l Unemployment levels in the Sleaford area continued to fall. According to figures released by the Department of Employment, 29 fewer people were without work in July than in the previous month – 623 men and 452 women were unemployed in the area.

l Sleaford Chamber of Commerce welcomed the opening of a new branch of major chain store Tip Top Drugstore in Southgate. It was the company’s 106th store in the UK and chamber president Eddie Hopkins said it was a boost for the town.