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Nostalgia - Market Rasen Royal Observer Corps
Nostalgia - Market Rasen Royal Observer Corps
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Our main picture this week was discovered in our archives, having been sent to us three years ago from a gentleman in Canada.

The photograph shows members of the Royal Observer Corps Market Rasen Post at a Sunday afternoon get-together just before the end of the Second World War.

The sender, Frank Sorfleet, who said he was a part-time trainee (weekends only), is pictured second left in the bottom row wearing the uniform of the Air Training Corps 1228 Wing at De Aston Grammar School.

Mr Sorfleet went on to do his National Service from 1945 to 1948 and then rejoined the Observer Corps until he moved to Canada in 1955.

Here are a couple of items from the Market Rasen Mail of November 6, 1943, courtesy of the Rase Heritage Society.

Moving hillside at Tealby was the headline of one article .

When the water was cut off for two days in Market Rasen, The Market Rasen Water Company, which supplied the water, said merely important repairs were being undertaken.

However, it appears the real reason for the water hold-up was the hillside through which the water mains pass in the vicinity of the Devil’s Pulpit at Tealby. It was slowly subsiding - carrying with it the water pipes.

This had been an ongoing problem for 40 years, but this was a much larger movement.

During excavations to replace the pipes, workers came across the foundations of the old Tealby paper mill.

Meanwhile, up the road at Binbrook, the village had welcomed an interesting locum to replace Dr John Wilkinson, who was away on a brief holiday.

Dr Benjamin Alexander Balilovsky, an eminent Russian doctor, had become a familiar face in the area.

Brought up in Czarist times on his own family estate of 20,000 acres in the Ukraine, he had studied at seven top medical establishments, including Edinburgh, and had been personal physician to the Empress Maria, mother of the Czarina and sister to Queen Alexandra.

And at Binbrook, when the Methodist preacher was unable to attend, the doctor even stepped in as speaker.