Review of the Year Part Eleven: The month Middle Rasen went national

Pudsey came to say hello to children at Market RAsen's Town and Country Kiddies EMN-141219-115429001
Pudsey came to say hello to children at Market RAsen's Town and Country Kiddies EMN-141219-115429001

Middle Rasen Primary School featured in every national newspaper in the country in November after our story on its ‘Good’ Ofsted report.

Ofsted inspectors said the school needed to be more multi cultural in order to take the next step towards being graded ‘Outstanding’, something MP Sir Edward Leigh claimed was “Political Correctness gone mad” and sparked widespread debate and commentary.

Sticking in our schools, children dressed as superheroes for Children In Need and helped to raise £32.6 million nationally.

There was good news for a Market Rasen couple at the beginning of the month too as they bagged a 10oz gold bullion worth around 9,000.

Sue Blackburn and her husband Mick beat more than 100 people who took part in a treasure hunt to solve the East Lincs The Riddle of the Marshes organised by the Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes Project.

Meanwhile hundreds gathered around war memorials in Market Rasen, Caistor and Brigg to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday.

This year’s services were particularly poignant as they marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

And following a police appeal featured in the Rasen Mail after the theft of a number of puppies from their home in North Gulham John Lennon was reunited with two of his beloved Salukis after Amy Garland of the Ark Animal Rescue Centre in North Somercotes tracked the dogs down in Southampton.

November was also the month when hundreds of runners descended upon Market Rasen Racecourse for the town’s annual 10k race, won this year in the freezing cold by Lincoln Wellington AC member Shane Robinson.