Looking Back at Grantham

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A look back at what happened in Grantham in this week through the last 100 years.

10 Years Ago

The “Big Cat” was spotted again, this time in Burton Coggles, having previously been sighted in Ropsley.

John Andrews set up his own political party - Organisation of Free Democrats - with the slogan “The Voter’s Choice”.

John Wilkinson resigned as manager of Grantham Town, blaming the negativity of the board.

League champions Harrowby Athletic were beaten in the Charity Shield final by HPAS.

25 Years Ago

Plans for a “major food store” were mooted on the site of the London Road football ground.

Grantham Town FC were told they would have to ease up on their demands for a new 10,000 capacity, £1m stadium to replace the London Road ground.

Grantham Town boss Martin O’Neill dodged rumous he was about to move to Peterborough United. He said: “I’m flattered but it’s only hearsay at the moment.”

50 Years Ago

A councillor questioned the wisdom of a civil defence group’s plans for what to do in the event of a nuclear attack, saying “a hole in the ground would be all that’s left of us”.

Coun R. Briggs was named the new Mayor of Grantham and made an appeal to youngsters who “use up surplus energy in destroying things and causing untold damage”.

Batsmen Mike Parker and Harry Taylor scored a 144-run partnership in just 80 minutes.

100 Years Ago

The annual Colsterworth Sheep Shearing Competition was held and, despite the weather, the classes were well filled.

Schoolchildren across the town celebrated Empire Day both inside and outside of school.

Mr and Mrs Cave were appointed caretaker headteachers at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School. They were selected from a list of more than 240 candidates, the Journal reported.