Blazing inferno down on the farm

WITH a General Election just days away, the pages of the Market Rasen Mail this week in 1959 were filled with information, views and reports on the candidates.

Labour candidate Harry Watson called for “Sock the rich” legislation at a meeting in the Corn Exchange, while at Caistor Marcus Kimball praised the below national average unemployment figures for the constituency.

Meanwhile, in a speech at Middle Rasen School, the Liberal candidate Roy Douglas said it was only the Liberals who could stop him from winning by not “voting according to their conscience”.

But it was Mr Kimball who retained his seat, with an increased majority.

Other news making the pages of the Rasen Mail 52 years ago:

- As October is the harvest season, there were many reports on the various festivals taking place across the area.

At Lissington, the harvest supper proved so popular there had to be two sittings, while a sale of harvest produce raised the sum of £50 at Caistor’s Central Methodist Church.

- “It may be that this has been the worst drought for 200 years and, unfortunately, it still shows no sign of ending,” Parsons Wright reported in his weather note from Wold Newton Manor.

Rainfall on the Wolds in September had been just 0.9 inches.

It was, said Mr Wright, the driest September for more than 30 years and 27 days went by without any rain falling at all.

- One of the fiercest fires in living memory broke out at Benn’s Farm in Binbrook.

The Rushby family had worked the farm, on the corner of Louth Road and Low Lane, for 32 years.

The Binbrook fire unit faced a blazing inferno when they arrived and they were joined by crews from Cleethorpes and Market Rasen.

It took almost 12 hours before the site was declared safe.

Total damage was estimated at £2,000.

And finally......

- The grand old man of licensees, William Phillipson, died at his Faldingworth home, aged 87 years.

He was licensee at The Brownlow Arms Hotel for many years and had spent practically all his life in his home village.