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STICKING to the sporting theme for our Olympic year, this week’s pictures come from 1981.

While darts and dominoes have never been included in the list of Olympic sports, both have been popular past times for generations of local folk.

The Rasen Mail reported on the Wolds League clash between the Market Rasen Working Men’s Club team and the Kings Head team.

The darts match resulted in a 9-3 win for the Kings, but the Club domino players hit form and won by three rubbers to one.

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Other items finding their way into the pages of the Market Rasen Mail 31 years ago:

l Government cuts meant plans for a third Lightning Squadron for RAF Binbrook were scrapped.

It was said the axing of the squadron would save the tax payer £30 million over a five year period, but the news can as a blow to village traders, who were looking forward to a boom in business with the influx of an additional 200 personnel.

l Tealby-born Bernard Theobald had to be rescued by Canadian firemen when a blaze destroyed the luxury Toronto hotel he was staying in.

Mr Theobald was trapped on the roof of the 22-storey building along with 20 other guests as the fire raged below.

In a real-life Towering Inferno situation, the fire escape was cut off, rescue ladders could not reach them and dense smoke made it impossible for helicopters to be used for the rescue.

Six people lost their lives and 59 people were injured as flames spread from the second floor.

Mr Theobald was treated in hospital for smoke related injuries and, apart from the clothes on his back, lost everything in the fire.

l In Caistor, a 2,000–year–old spring was set flowing again.

Youngsters on a work creation scheme had been detailed with clearing out the spring and discovered roots from cherry trees were blocking the flow.

It was decided the trees had to go to preserve the spring, one of five ancient water flows in the town.

And finally:

l Market Rasen said a fond farewell to its oldest resident, when Seth Towle died at his Walesby Road home at the age of 104.

Mr Towle was described as an extremely popular member of the community, whose family links with the town went back to 1800.

In an interview with a Mail reporter on his 100th birthday, Mr Towle said: “You can say what you like about Rasen, but there is still a lot to be said for the old place.”