Remarkable escape for firemen

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A FOUR-MAN firecrew had a remarkable escape when their appliance somersaulted after skidding on the road between Welton Hill and Dunholme.

The eight-ton fire engine, carrying 400 gallons of water, skidded on the icy road.

The engine not only left the road, but rose several feet into the air, turned over two or three times, and jumped a dyke and a low hedge before landing on its wheels in a ploughed field.

The driver, Sub-Officer John Langley, told the Mail how Fireman David Spiers shot out and dropped into a hedge bottom.

Arthur Cash and Colin Parkinson were thrown out of the cab beside Mr Langley – “all in a heap”.

All four men were taken to hospital suffering from shock, cuts and bruises, with Fireman Spiers also breaking a bone in his foot.

Also in the news 44 years ago:

l Market Rasen Racecourse was preparing to unveil its new viewing stand.

It was announced the £50,000 stand, dominating the Silver Ring, would be almost complete by the official opening on March 4.

Race executive Mr V J Lucas told the Mail that a three-week delay had occurred early on in the construction period and this had never really been caught up in the time schedule.

l A new chairman’s insignia was presented to Caistor Chamber of Trade.

The silver badge, designed by Mr W Staves, depicted the three castle turrets of Caistor against a background of green, denoting the town’s connection with agriculture, and an indented silver line beneath marked the Caistor springs.

And finally......

l Where in North Lincolnshire can you find pink sheep?

That was one of the questions posed at the Young Farmers’ inter-club quiz and a Rasen team member gave the correct answer.

Sheep had turned pink near a disused quarry at Elsham.

The quarry was being used for the storage of iron pyrites and a pink dust was being scattered over the surrounding area.