Harry rang bell on fire career

nostalgia 1981 Caistor Fire Service
nostalgia 1981 Caistor Fire Service
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AFTER 35 years service, Sub Officer Harry Green was retiring from his duties as a Caistor firefighter this week back in 1981.

Job satisfaction was the reason Mr Green gave for serving for this length of time.

His day job was as a local West Lindsey building inspector, but it was his love of the fire service that had seen him at the scene of practically all local emergencies since 1946, whether they be fires, accidents or floods.

He is pictured right, centre seated, with his fellow firefighters.

l Reaching a different landmark this week 31 years ago was Middle Rasen resident Eliza Smith, who celebrated her 100th birthday.

Having lived in the village for all but a few years of her life, Miss Smith described the Middle Rasen of days gone by to a Mail reporter.

She described a poor village, where all the working men were on the farms and wages were as low as could be.

She doubted, she said, whether Middle Rasen was now much better off – what had happened was that it had been spoilt by too many good things.

l And finally... public co-operation was being sought to clean up Market Rasen ahead of the best kept small town competition.

It was suggested local organisations and societies be asked to rally round in a clean-up campaign.

Past entries in the competition had highlighted several problems in the town, resulting in low marks.

The last time Rasen was entered, the market square had been the stumbling block.

l Don’t forget to let us have your memories of Rasen gone by. Email pictures and information to rasenmail@jpress.co.uk or visit us on Fridays at The Hub.