REVIEW OF THE YEAR: APRIL

Norman and Marjorie Hotchkins
Norman and Marjorie Hotchkins
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From wedded bliss to Titch the tiny lamb

Norman and Marjorie Hotchkin were celebrating being one of the oldest couples in Lincolnshire.

New Narrow boat hire from River Welland at Locks Mill, Spalding.'Narrow boat pilot Ron Pannell at the helm ANL-140604-144931001

New Narrow boat hire from River Welland at Locks Mill, Spalding.'Narrow boat pilot Ron Pannell at the helm ANL-140604-144931001

The couple, of Deeping St James, had a combined age of 197 years in April, and had been married for 69 of them.

At that time Norman was looking forward to his 100th birthday and Marjorie was 98.

* Four times Paralympic medallist Jade Etherington became the first person to be granted the honour of Freeman of Bourne by her home town.

* Campaigners from The Deepings took their battle to stop the axing of county libraries to Prime Minister David Cameron.

* Spalding historian Ed Fordham and his partner Russell Eagling were planning to get married in the summer – making history in the process as one of the first gay couples to marry in church.

* The search began to find the person to help put Spalding back on the map and bring prosperity to the town: a new town centre manager.

* South Holland’s newest tourist attraction had been launched: a narrowboat.

The 48 feet long narrowboat, All Well and Good, was set afloat on the Welland by Spalding Water Taxi and became available for self-drive day hire or overnight trips for up to a week.

* Titch, a newborn lamb at Fosdyke Bridge, was melting hearts. Born smaller than a daffodil and weighing in at less than 815 grammes and just seven inches high, he was believed to be the world’s smallest lamb, Belinda and James Needham, who run the smallholding, brought Titch indoors when he was rejected by his mum – and the family dogs adopted him.

* Twenty-one churches across south Lincolnshire were preparing to launch their annual flower festivals – the first year they had been run without being in tandem with Spalding Flower Parade, axed a year earlier.

* Holbeach announced it was to have its first ever food festival, with specialist stalls and family entertainment.

* Spalding’s Oxfam shop manager was living on £1 a day as part of a global ‘live below the line’ campaign. Gary Peatling was living on the strict food budget to raise awareness of the 1.2billion people worldwide who have no choice but to exist on that small sum. The budget restricted him to just one tea bag a day, and meant no coffee or meat.

* South Holland residents forced to shell out thousands to fight proposals for turbines at Sutton St Edmund and West Pinchbeck welcomed Tory plans to scrap lucrative subsidies for onshore wind farms.