Memory Lane: Jackie’s Stretch ‘n’ Flex classes have raised thousands of pounds for good casues over the years

On October 5, Jackie Whatley will celebrate 24 years of her Stretch ‘n’ Flex classes.

Remember when children used to play outdoors?

10 best outdoor games we used to play that our kids have never heard of

Kids of the 70s, 80s and 90s will remember them well with a nostalgic tear in their eye but here are 10 great outdoor games we used to play that our children have probably never heard of.

Irene Hotchin with her Paralympic medals from 1984.

Grantham Journal Memory Lane: Irene won six Paralympics gold medals

The Paralympic Games started in Rio this week to much fanfare, but Grantham man Christopher Simpson has brought in these pictures of his foster mother, Irene Hotchin, who he says received little attention despite winning six medals .

Photo of Dance Pointe, a new dance group which started up in Grantham, in 2006.

Memory Lane: Were you one of these dancers?

Were you one of the youngsters who were part of a new dance group which opened up in Grantham 10 years ago?

Memory Lane Mayfair Variety Concert Party

Memory Lane: Whatever happened to Mayfair Concert Party?

Journal readers are being asked to shed light on the performers pictured here limbering up for a show 60 years ago.

A sorry sight. The ruins of the building which housed the The Premier Roller Skating Rink in Wharf Road, Grantham.

Memory Lane: Do you remember Grantham’s roller skating rink?

Courtney Finn, of Grantham Civic Society, kindly brought in these pictures of times gone by in Wharf Road, Grantham.

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Mayor of Grantham Fred Foster and his wife Peggy at a children's party. Sat on the left is George Garrett, still a familiar face around town these days.

Memory Lane: Mayor of Grantham Fred Foster pictured in the 1950s

Steve Foster has sent in these pictures of his father, Fred, after he became Mayor of Grantham in 1957.

Then & Now with Grantham Civic Society: From King’s Picture Palace to Jewson

Then & Now with Grantham Civic Society: From King’s Picture Palace to Jewson

What is now Jewson was originally the showroom for Mr Boyall’s Brownlow Carriage Works.

Outside the old Granada cinema in Grantham.

Memory Lane: Why was this crowd lining the High Street in Grantham?

This picture of a crowd outside the Granada Club bingo hall in St Peter’s Hill in the 1970s has been sent in by regular contributor Michael Matsell.

A view that was familiar to one of the world's most prominent politicians.

Grantham Civic Society column: Here’s where Mrs Thatcher grew up

The shop illustrated on the right hand side of the painting by A. Bellatti in 1834, displayed a sign saying ‘Pindard’.

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Memory Lane: Class of 1971 at Huntingtower School. Photo courtesy of Lynn Mudie.

Grantham Journal Memory Lane: Class of ‘71

Were you at Huntingtower School in 1971?

Memory Lane: The staff of T.W.Kemptons knitwear factory gather to honour the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Photo courtesy of Sally Weston.

Grantham Journal Memory Lane: Tight-knit group gathered together for Her Majesty

This lovely group photo was sent in by Sally Weston of Hungerton.

Can you help us identify everyone in this photo?

Memory Lane: Bunch of bellowing bandits

A few weeks back, Mark Gill kindly brought in a photo of local musical troupe the Accordion Bandits.

Accordion Bandits

Memory Lane: Grantham musician in Accordion Bandits is identified

Last week we published a picture of the Accordion Bandits playing at St John’s Church Hall and asked readers if they could name the unidentified performers.

Great Northern Hotel

Then & Now with Grantham Civic Society: How the Stingo Tavern got its name

The Great Northern Hotel stood where Wetherspoons is now, formerly the Coop, on the corner of St Peter’s Hill and St Catherine’s Road.

The mystery medal left at the Journal's old office has been returned to its deserving owner Jackie.

Mystery medal at the Grantham Journal reunited with rightful owner

We do love a happy ending, and we are very happy to report that the mystery medal pictured above has now been reunited with its owner.

KGGS in the early 1900s. Photo courtesy of Chris Bennett.

Memory Lane: Back in the early days at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School

The tradition of having your school photograph taken goes back a long time, as shown by this fabulous picture.

The vicarage as it was, with the Victorian extension.

Grantham Civic Society column: Changing faces at the vicarage

The first census of 1841 shows Rev William Potchett as the vicar of Grantham, living at the vicarage.

Help us return this medal to its rightful owner.

Not such a mysterious medal found at the Grantham Journal

Last week we asked for your help to return this medal, found in the Journal’s old safe, to its rightful owner.

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Picture of Grantham mods on the High Street outside the old Journal office in 1966 . Left to right are Andrew Hutchinson, Norman Kirk,  David Pick (deceased) , Frank Lepora, Robb Lambley, Terry Serle and Richard Garret (deceased).

Boys sport the Mod look on Grantham High Street in 1966

Robb Lambley sent in this picture of him and some friends who were sporting the Mod look in November 1966.

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