Waltham farmer's son helped firefighters with blazing barn
A Waltham farmer lost his complete stock of winter feed in a fire which tore through a new three-bay Dutch barn early one autumn morning in 1970.
Altogether, 175 tons of hay and 30 tons of straw were lost, totally £3,000 to £4,000, with the damage to the building doubling the bill.
The almost abstract looking photograph shows a fireman directing a jet of water on to the farmer’s son to cool him and his tractor as he helps clear the blazing barn.
Looking back . . .
10 YEARS AGO
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+ Radio 1 DJ and TV presenter Tim Westwood was booked in for a four-and-a-half hour set at Vibe nightclub, Westgate.
+ Red Rhino Crushers, of Alma Park, supplied 24 of its mini-crushers to aid organisation CHF International to help rebuild earthquake-hit Haiti.
+ More than 40 brave women bared all for a naked calendar to raise money for Grantham’s breast cancer support group.
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50 YEARS AGO
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+ Hougham Weir, a popular bathing haunt for children from Hougham and Marston, was put off limits after hundreds of dead fish were found, along with a layer of foam several feet thick, thought to have been caused by Grantham Corporation's new £750k sewage works further upstream.
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+ A captive bolt gun, used to kill bullocks, was stolen from the town's slaughterhouse.