Review of the Year Part Eight: A month where all eyes were on the skies

Smiles all round for left Abigail Baldwin (2A*3As 4Bs 1C), Pollyanna Seamer (10A*1A), Rosie Tate (8A*4As) and Hattie Haswell (12A*s).  (Lin) EMN-141218-190507001

Smiles all round for left Abigail Baldwin (2A*3As 4Bs 1C), Pollyanna Seamer (10A*1A), Rosie Tate (8A*4As) and Hattie Haswell (12A*s). (Lin) EMN-141218-190507001

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August was the month where Lincolnshire’s news was dominated by the sight - and sound - of the Canadian Lancaster Vera landing at RAF Coningsby.

It was thought to be the first time two Lancasters had flown together over Lincolnshire in 50 years and your Rasen Mail had a special commemorative picture pull-out.

During the course of August the two Lancasters appeared at events and airshows, making flybys across the UK.

Our photographers were also busy at Market Rasen Racecourse as first Wet, Wet, Wet and then X Factor’s James Arthur ‘Rocked Rasen’.

And the school summer holidays also meant the long wait was over for our area’s GCSE and A-Level students, who collected their results. Caistor Grammar School was among 12 in the county to achieve a 100 per cent pass rate at A-Level.

The month ended with the News featuring an exclusive interview with Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick, who warned the force was at the “financial Precipice” and could not face further cutbacks, a story 
that four months later would make national headlines, well you know where you heard it first!

And there was controversy when Lincolnshire County Council ordered for Market Rasen’s free parking signs to be removed.

Town and district councillors feared it was an attempt to bring in parking charges via the back door, but the county authority said the signs did not meet regulation because of the wording and subject matter.

And we revealed Rasen’s High Street was set for a boost as business owner Sally Cordell would open a new cafe/bar - The March Hare.