Two train stations set for closure

PLANS to close two of the area’s railway stations was described as ‘gradually chipping off a bit here and there’.

This week, we take another look at what was making the pages of the Market Rasen Mail in October 1959.

Claxby and Usselby stations were marked for closure and readers were being warned more stations might close too.

The water board warned that it was anticipated there would be ‘no great change for the better’ until January or February.

l Market Rasen residents were being told to conserve water, after a considerable lack of rain had left supplies low.

Caistor, Nettleton and North Kelsey were so badly affected that strict restrictions were in place and some areas even had their water cut off at night.

l A long-standing tradition was upheld as the town welcomed its new MP – see picture top right.

Marcus Kimball, who was returned at the recent election, was met at the town boundary by enthusiastic Conservative supporters, who tied a rope to his car and drew him into the town.

l The first post-election decision for Caistor Rural District Council was whether to build a £25,000 office block for their staff or make do with the present offices, which had been built on the site of the Old Griffin Public House.

The Old Griffin – in its day a famous Caistor hostelry – was formerly the centre of Caistor street trading and within the lifetime of those still living, said the Rasen Mail of the day, pig pens jutted out in front of what is now the main council office.

And finally....

l Retired schoolmistress Miss Mary Elizabeth Atkin was celebrating 50 years as organist at Wickenby Church.

Children attending Wickenby School took her masses of flowers to commemorate the jubilee of her first arrival in the village.

Do you remember Miss Atkin? Drop us a line at the usual addresses.