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Grantham TV and radio shop made several moves over the years

Following on from last week’s snap of Westmoreland’s radio and television shop on Grantham's High Street in the 1960s, here are two shots of their previous locations.

Westmoreland’s came to Grantham in the 1950s, firstly to Swinegate and then moved to Market Place.

We love the shop's Ford Thames 300E company van pictured in front of the Market Place shop, looking resplendent with its period whitewall tyres.

Westmoreland's, Westgate. (21484537)
Westmoreland's, Westgate. (21484537)

The Ford 300E was based on the 100E Anglia/Prefect car.

Westmoreland's, Swinegate. (21484531)
Westmoreland's, Swinegate. (21484531)

We were a bit perplexed as to the identity of the shop's van pictured in front of the Swinegate shop, but Journal reader Ron Frisby reliably informs us that is the 300E's predecessor, the Thames E494A.

Locals raced cars on grass in the late 1960s

Local drivers were among 100 others from a 50-mile radius who took part in one of the final grasstrack car racing meetings of 1969 at Kinoulton.

Grasstrack racing, Kinoulton, 1969. (21485964)
Grasstrack racing, Kinoulton, 1969. (21485964)

Pictured, above, are Brian Davis, Arthur Askey and Sid Shill, all of Caythorpe.

Grasstrack racing, Kinoulton, 1969. (21485868)
Grasstrack racing, Kinoulton, 1969. (21485868)

Pictured, above, are Laurence Winter, of Fulbeck, and Kevin Blankley and his father Harry, of Wilsford.

Looking back . . .


  • A Red Arrows pilot instructor was let off by big wigs after he wrote off a £5m Hawk jet at RAF Cranwell when he failed to lower the landing gear, with the plane destroying a building and three cars before smashing into the control tower; the pilot ejected and broke a leg.
  • There were multiple sightings of a mystery black bird of prey over Grantham.


  • Traders in Grantham were up in arms over the extension of the traditional Mid-Lent Fair from three days to four.
  • Harlaxton Manor was to receive a facelift thanks to a $2m improvement scheme planned by its American owners.
  • A 16-year-old Harby student went through to the final of Junior Masterchef after she won her semi-final.


  • Hop Sing Chinese restaurant moved from Welby Street to new premises in Westgate, formerly the 16th-century Old Malt Shovels inn, one of the oldest inns in town which closed in 1960.
  • Plans were approved for an extension at Kontak’s Londonthorpe Road factory.
  • Starring Michael Caine, The Italian Job was screening at the Granada cinema.


  • With the Duke of Rutland in the chair, Belvoir Petty Sessions dismissed a case against a Harby man accused of assaulting and beating a fellow railway porter at Stathern railway station.
  • Earl Brownlow, of Belton House, at Lincoln Castle presented medals and decorations won by members of Lincs Constabulary during the war.

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