Town on the up as shops open

Nostalgia 1978
Nostalgia 1978

CAISTOR athlete Katrina Colebrook was named in the England team for the Commonwealth Games this week back in 1978.

The 20-year-old was one of three women to represent England in the 800 metres, to be held at the event in Edmonton, Canada.

The previous year, Katrina had run away with the European Indoor 800 metres championship in San Sebastian.

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

l Market Rasen appeared to be on the up.

According to the county council, Rasen was listed as having 3.3 per cent more shops than it had 10 years before.

Town turnover had grown by 39 per cent and employment in the district had increased by 16.4 per cent in the same 10-year period.

l More than 100 children and teachers took part in the Sunday School anniversary celebrations at Market Rasen Methodist Church - pictured right.

Large congregations gathered to see the youngsters perform in verse, speech and song over the whole day.

l Plans were being made for that year’s Feast Week – and it was reported enthusiasm was growing for the special event.

And it was also noted Market Rasen was one of only two towns across the country to appoint a Miss Chamber of Trade – the other being Norwich.

l A massive fundraising event in Tealby attracted more than 1,500 visitors.

The Tealby weekend featured a host of activities over the two days, raising £1,000 for Memorial Hall funds.

l Ahead of the election, leader of the Liberals David Steel made a visit to Market Rasen.

Mr Steel made a whistlestop tour of the town, shaking hands with more than 100 en route.

And finally..........

l Hopes were high the county would get its own radio station.

Following a meeting in London, county council chairman Phillip Newton told the Mail: “I expect Radio Lincolnshire to be on air by 1980.”

And as they say – the rest is history.