REVIEW OF THE YEAR: JUNE

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Honours for locals in Queen’s list

A lifelong dream was realised when it was announced the name William Jarvis Bush was to be added to the list of First World War heroes on a Spalding war memorial.

Mavis Wilson’s uncle had died at Arras in 1917 aged 26 and although he is remembered on the Pinchbeck war memorial, his name was not on the memorial in Ayscoughfee Gardens.

* The Lincolnshire Free Press uncovered the revolting conditions in which some immigrants working in Spalding were being forced to live by unscrupulous landlords.

* Hopes were high that a foodbank could be launched in Sutton Bridge by year’s end.

Statistics showed the village was officially the poorest in South Holland.

* A 35-year-old woman from Spalding was lucky to be alive when her car plunged into the River Welland in town.

Two men, at least one of whom was thought to be Eastern European, dived into the water to rescue the driver through the car window as the vehicle sank.

* Local veterans paid a final pilgrimage to Normandy to reunite with old friends from the Second World War.

Veterans who marked the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings included Tony Blackman and John Summerson in a trip organised by Harold Payne, owner of the Anglia Motel in Fleet Hargate.

* The presidents of 14 WIs in south Lincolnshire travelled along the River Welland by water taxi when the WI Centenary Baton passed through this district.

The baton travelled from Springfields into the town centre, where WI groups gathered for a party in Ayscoughfee Gardens.

* Weston Village Stores was dubbed the luckiest village shop in the area when two lucky customers won £20,000 in the space of three weeks.

That followed a £10,000 Lottery win under the previous owner of the shop.

* Five local people were named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Cherry Edwards, headteacher of Bourne Abbey Primary Academy; Petronella Keeling, chairman of Action Medical Research’s Spalding committee; and Pinchbeck parish councillor Maurice Chappell were all named in the list. There were also honours for Anjan Banerjee of Market Deeping; and Oxfam volunteer Betty Matthews.