By David Robinson OBE, Editor 1976-1989 and Poachings writer 1961-2011
When considering the industries native to Lincolnshire, it is doubtful that paper manufacture would spring to mind.
4th November 1944
During the height of the war, Lincolnshire would resound nightly to the deafening roar of heavily-laden bombers as they thundered down the runway, striving to take to the air. Night after night out over the dark forbidding North Sea they went, on bombing raids over enemy territory from which some would not return. One such raid, in which 101 Squadron was heavily involved, was on 4th November 1944.
In 1861 the population of Lincoln was 23,000 and growing, but conditions for working people were harsh, with none of the luxuries many of us take for granted today. For those in work they were long days and even then, everything they earned was spent on everyday living expenses. For those out of work, it was off to the soup kitchens.
When I first thought of writing this article, it was intended to be nothing more than a simple tribute to my long-lost pal Sergeant George Kesten, even though I had not seen him since 1944.