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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.

Waltham barn fire. (40429162)
Waltham barn fire. (40429162)

Looking back . . .

10 YEARS AGO

+ A Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir couple got the surprise of their lives when they were reunited with two love letters they had exchanged 66 years ago, after they were found in a garden shed at Thoresby Hall where the couple used to work.

+ Residents were left terrified when arrived police swooped on properties in Oxford Street and Tyndal Road in searches for firearms.

+ 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.

+ More than 5,000 people experienced a ‘living history’ weekend at Belton House, focusing on World War Two.

50 YEARS AGO

+ A Grantham policeman sent to investigate complaints of a dangerous dog at the Springfield Arms had gone two yards into the public house’s yard when a large, fully grown Alsatian appeared and attacked him, sinking its teeth into his left thigh. The pub’s licensee was ordered to keep the dog under proper control.

+ 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.

+ A bride and her matron of honour, on their way to the hairdressers, escaped serious injury after their car left the road and overturned near Leadenham.

+ A captive bolt gun, used to kill bullocks, was stolen from the town's slaughterhouse.



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