Honours for local residents
At the beginning of the year there was excited talk of the M11 being extended to the Spalding area.
Campaigners wanted the Government to abandon its HS2 national high-speed train plan in favour of an M11 link from London to Humberside.
One group had called for the extended motorway to pass between Whaplode and Moulton on its route to Grimsby.
* Two south Lincolnshire residents were recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.
Keith Noel Crawford of Sutterton received an MBE for his tireless service to the Royal Naval Association over 27 years.
Candice Pellett, a case manager district nurse at Bourne Galletly Practice, received the OBE for her services to nursing.
* The victim of a violent armed wages snatch in Spalding was in court to see his assailants jailed for ten years.
Two men pointed a gun at Andy Goulding’s face and temporarily blinded him with CS spray during the robbery at Wykeham Staff Services in Swindler’s Drove.
Andy was coshed twice on the head before falling to the floor, where he was kicked.
After the court case Andy said his faith in the British justice system had been restored.
* An adventurous four-month-old puppy had to be rescued by firemen after getting his head stuck in a gate.
He was freed by a fire crew at the Swineshead home of Ted Benton and his partner Rebecca Avison and their two children, Jayden and Riley.
Barney the labrador was following his best friend, the family cat Billy, when he became stuck in one of the decorative circles in the gate.
Ted said: “He was trying to be adventurous and get out and he got his head stuck.
“We’ve got a cat as well as they’re near enough best friends.”