Bones dug up by workmen

Nostlgia 15-08-12
Nostlgia 15-08-12

WORK to replace the old town gas main outside the Red Lion in Market Rasen was halted back in 1978 after gas board workers discovered bones.

Police inspected the bones, found four feet from the road surface, but it was decided they were the remains of a beast or beasts from many years ago.

Other news making the pages of the Market Rasen Mail 34 years ago:

l Rasen’s free car parks were under threat. Convinced free parking was giving the town’s trade a real boost, the town’s chamber of trade officials were ready to fight the proposals.

President Bob Airey was accompanied to the county council offices by shopkeepers Mary Garnet, Jean Kelsey and Janet Crosskill, who all feared a paying scheme could ‘alter the shopping habits of many people from surrounding areas who regularly come into the town to shop’.

l The town welcomed a new vicar.

The Rev Albert Searle-Barnes took over as vicar of Market Rasen with Linwood and Legsby from Canon Stalley.

l `Caistor was celebrating after homegrown athlete Katrina Jane Colebrook won a bronze medal in the 800 metres at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton.

Katrina finished in a time of 2m 3.1 sec, just ahead of her England team mate Liz Barnes.

Australian Judy Peckham took Gold and Kenyan Teckla Chemabwai silver.

l Residents of Claxby were fighting plans for a pig farm.

Plans to build a second pig unit at the village had already been rejected twice by the district council.

With applicants Fenwick Bros now appealing against the second refusal, the parish council and residents were asking MP Marcus Kimball to join the fight.

l Lysaghts Sports and Social Club was preparing for a very special guest.

World Champion snooker player Ray Rearden was heading to the Holton le Moor venue to play several good local amateur players including Jim Kelham of Market Rasen.

l Two young Glentham men were recovering after a gruelling sponsored bike ride.

Trevor Halstead, 20 and Andrew Cooper, 17, travelled 100 miles - under a strong and hot sun - to raise £80 for the British Heart Foundation.

The pair set off at 6am - peddling to Hull and then back to Goole - returning to Glentham at about 4.30pm the same afternoon. And finally.....

l Champion jump jockey Jonjo O’Neill had a lucky escape when riding at Rasen Racecourse.

He fell from his mount and collided with a plastic marker - injuries received meant he was unable to ride again that day.

After treatment Jonjo said if the marker had been made of sturdier stuff than plastic, as is found at other courses, he could have broken his back.