THIS week we look back to the headlines from September 1993, the year this week’s Horncastle News student journalist Emily Heathcote was born.
l Nearly 200 competitors gathered in Woodhall Spa’s Jubilee Park to participate in the Lincolnshire (Olympic) Triathlon.
Competitors, both male and female, ranged from the ages of 17 to 65 and came from all over the country to race and one competitor even flew in from Hong Kong.
The Olympic standard event was organised by Horncastle and District Lions and was Lincolnshire’s frist ever triathlon and deemed a great success by all those involved.
Despite several local entrants, the overall male winner was Mark Edmonds from Essex and the overall female winner was Annie Norris from Portsmouth.
l The Princess Royal visited a local riding Stables in Willoughby.
Willoughby Riding for the Disabled was celebrating its 21st anniversary and the Princess Royal, having previously visited the centre on its 10th anniversary, kept her pledge to return for the celebrations.
The princess took part in the riding display by presenting each rider with a special commemorative rosette. One of these was the RDA’s oldest member, Charlie Hall (80).
l St Peter’s Church, Woodhall Spa, celebrated its centenary on Tuesday September 14, 1993. The acting Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Robert Hardy was the celebrant preacher and, following the centenary eucharist, members of the congregation were able to meet the Bishop in St Peters Hall.
Celebrations then continued with a centenary coffee morning in the church hall and a cheese and wine evening with Linden Ensemble.
l Local farmers were warned to be extra vigilant as the police were in the process of tracking down an illusive gang of sheep thieves. The gang had already committed multiple thefts, including stealing five pedigree lambs, valued at £50 each, from a farm in Hemingby.
l The X-ray unit at Horncastle Hopsital was saved from closure after being given the go-ahead to upgrade its X-ray facilities.
This project also involved extending the hospital and was partially funded by two local charities.
The Friends of Horncastle and the Jobson Trust donated a generous £70,000 and Lincoln County Hospital gave Horncastle some of its surplus X-ray equipment.
As a result, the unit was able to meet new safety standards and avoid closure.
l In spite of a series of break-ins, including a building society hold-up and a raid at gunpoint on a bank, the police refused to support the introduction of a video security system in the town.
A group of 12 traders demanded to know what the police were planning to do in a response to the recent spate of shop break-ins. However, they were disappointed with the response they got as police informed the community that such extensive video surveillance could not be financed or monitored by the police.
It was stipulated that a cost of £100,000 would be required for the equipment as well as an additional £200,000 a year for patrolling guards.
l The skies over RAF Coningsby were filled with ‘enemy’ aircrafts for a week’s as they simulated attacks on the base during a major NATO exercise. The Elder Joust was an annual event in which the Tornado F3 fighters from the base took part.
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