Eye-catching export from Rasen

WHEN you think of Market Rasen, you don’t immediately visualise eyelashes!

However, back in 1966 a town business was supplying plastic packaging to send false eyelashes all over the world.

The Plastic Box Co designed and made the boxes, which helped the eyelash manufacturers win the Queen’s Award for export.

Other items in the news 45 years ago:

l The fact that Market Rasen was the only small town in the Lindsey area to make it through to the final of the best kept small town in Lincolnshire competition was worthy of a spot on the front page of the Rasen Mail.

The other Lindsey towns that failed to make it through were Alford, Barton on Humber, Brigg and Waltham.

l Discussion on days to hold local elections was up for discussion at the meeting of the council.

It was proposed elections be held on Thursday in future rather than Saturdays, to avoid clashing with the race days.

Coun R C Pickering said on race days it was impossible to cross the road in the town’s main streets between 12.30pm and 2pm and again from 5pm due to the race traffic alone, as well as the coast traffic.

He went on to suggest that housewives who went to the races were “too tired to vote when they got back again at night.”

l Children returning to school at Caistor after the summer break where very excited to see their new premises.

Five new classrooms were being built at the joint Anglican and Methodist school and the objective was to move all the pupils from the old Methodist School in the High Street to the new site overlooking the bypass.

l Market Rasen footballers had a great start to the season with a convincing win.

They beat Lincoln Rovers for the first time – and they did it in style, winning 6-2.

l A seat was given to the village of Holton le Moor to mark the 50th anniversary of the WI movement.

The village’s own WI was also marking its 48th anniversary in 1966.

The seat was placed outside the Moot Hall.

And finally....

l How Lincolnshire villages got their names was being unveiled in a thesis by Dr Irene Bower.

Brocklesby, it appears, was named after a chap who refused to wear trousers.

Originally known as Broklausby, the name came from a local inhabitant who favoured the kilt over breeches.

Dr Bower explained that Brock means breeches, laus means less and by means village