NOSTALGIA: Boston Pilgrim Hospital staff paddle 30 miles to raise funds for scanner in 1986

Here we wind back the clock 35 years to 1986 – the year when Top Gun soared to great heights at cinemas and a future curate at the Boston Stump, the Rev Richard Coles, topped the charts as a member of The Communards on Don’t Leave Me This Way.

Raising funds for the Pilgrim Scanner Appeal 35 years ago ...
Raising funds for the Pilgrim Scanner Appeal 35 years ago ...

Pictured is a giant frog and a gang of hospital workers.

The group paddled an epic 30 miles down the River Witham to raise £1,000 for the Pilgrim Scanner Appeal.

The staff made the frog raft out of barrels, papier-mâché and chicken wire before painting it green.

The journey took them about 20 hours.

Also making the news in the Standard that week in 1986: a new £1.9 million 11-mile long Spalding to Sutterton bypass was given the go-ahead.

The work on the new road was set to begin in 1989.