Athletes were record breakers

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DE ASTON headmaster Andrew Morgan came in for stiff criticism this week in 1981 after he refused to make the school soccer pitches available to local teams.

The town council had made the request after receiving an application for a pitch from the British Marco team, who were having to play their matches away from the town, at Scothern.

Other news making the pages of the Market Rasen Mail this week 30 years ago:

l Councillors at Caistor were disappointed to hear that help would not be available to pay off the town’s outstanding loan.

Despite being told by West Lindsey’s chief executive that grants were available to help towns and villages such as Caistor, funds were not now available from the Guildhall.

Members were told they might be asked to consider the possibility of levying a 1p rate to cover the debt, which was costing the council thousands of interest charges.

l Twenty-eight records were broken at De Aston sports day, something of a record in itself.

Stuart Houliston entered three events and broke the record in each one.

He knocked 1.6 seconds off the 1978 200m record, leapt 10.50 metres in the triple jump to break a five-year-old record and then cleared 1.45 metres in the high jump, 3cm higher than the record created by Mark Gledhill the previous year.

Mick Betts smashed the fourth year discus record by six metres and all the girls’ long jump records were broken.

l The church was in crisis at West Torrington.

With only one person on the electoral roll and a only a couple of regular worshippers from the village, a meeting was held to look at its future.

The Rev A C Simpson outlined the problems at a public meeting.

The fabric of the building had deteriorated and the ancient coke store, the only means of heating, was no longer usable.

There was an option to apply for redundancy, which, if successful, would then see the church passed to the Redundant Churches Committee.

The Rev Simpson went on to say that it seemed unlikely the church would be preserved as there was no active congregation and, as it was mainly a restorations of 1850, it did not have any particular architectural merit.

l Ludford-based racing driver Bill Burley had a lucky escape after a high-speed crash.

He climbed out of his Lola racing car with only minor bruising after the 100mph crash at Snetterton.

The steering failed as he was testing the car for a forthcoming race in Germany.

The Lola was badly damaged, but he said it would be repaired in time to continue his challenge for the UK SuperVee Championship, of which he was the clear leader.

And finally......

l Market Rasen scout leaders Joyce and Horace Holgate had an important engagement.

The couple from William Road had been invited to Buckingham Palace for a garden party.

They were just two of the hundreds of guests who were able to amble around the palace grounds.

But the highlight, Joyce told the Mail, was to actually walk through Buckingham Palace and catch a glimpse of Prince Charles’s wife to be, Lady Diana Spencer.