Sutton on Sea

A former teacher from Sutton on Sea has been charged with four offences relating to rape and assaults on two child victims from the 1980s.

David Thomas, 68, of Harding Close, Sutton on Sea, has been charged with four offences relating to the rape and indecent assaults of two victims under the age of 12 between January 1980 and September 1984.

These incidents are believed to have occurred during his time as a teacher at Bowl Alley Lane Junior School, now known as Horncastle Primary School.

Thomas is due to appear at Boston Magistrates Court on May 11 for these offences.

Police are encouraging any other former pupils at this school to come forward if they may have any more information relating to this case.

Anyone with information, or who would like to speak to the investigating officer, should contact police on 101 and quote incident 50 of April 27.

East Lindsey District Council submitted for planning consent a £6 million plan to redevelop the Sutton on Sea Colonnade into a modern space.

The initial draft designs were revealed in early 2020 and the latest have taken into account responses from the public consultation.

All major features from the first drafts remain, including a new multi-use building that holds a cafe, restaurant, gallery and exhibition space, as well as new beach huts.

Draft plans for the proposed Colonnade in Sutton on Sea. | Photo: ELDC

Visitors and residents will also be able to enjoy heated seating areas designed around existing features such as Pleasure Gardens.

There will also be a small number of new commercial kiosks, potentially to attract new business opportunities in the area.

A new look seafront at Sutton on Sea. | Photo: ELDC

This may include cycling hire, storage and maintenance, or other recreational uses.

The new look Colonnade will offer space for additional pop-up trading, plus events, all year round, should approval be granted.

The modern-looking interior of the Colonnade plans. | Photo: ELDC

A decision is expected to be made in May 2021, after going through the routine planning process.

Work is now currently underway towards preparing the site for redevelopment, including removing the existing structure there.

Draft designs have been adapted to suit the public’s feedback on the plans. | Photo: ELDC

Progress has been made possible by £500,000 of accelerated funding given to East Lindsey District Council as part of the Towns Fund.

It is hoped that the Colonnade will be given around £4.2 million in funding, going towards total project costs of an estimated £6.1 million.

The plans being submitted has been described as a “major milestone”. | Photo: ELDC

Councillor Steve Kirk, portfolio holder for coastal economy at ELDC, said: “The Colonnade project is something that we’ve been working on for some time and the submission of these plans is a major milestone.

“I’m pleased to see a final design that takes into account the extensive community consultation we’ve undertaken and I know the new structure can bring with it long-lasting benefits for Sutton on Sea.

“As well as providing a replacement Colonnade, it’ll bring some fantastic new facilities to the town, serving as an asset for local residents and a draw for visitors from further afield.”

Beach huts on top of Sutton on Sea Colonnade in 2018 before they were demolished. | Photo: Daniel Jaines

A Lincolnshire couple who have been married for 67 years were reunited after the husband joined his wife at the same care home.

Mary Owen, 88, has been at the Four Seasons Health Care’s Doulton Court Care Home in Sutton-on-Sea for over seven years, with regular visits from husband Bob, 90.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and months of restrictions, the two haven’t been able to meet up as often as they would like, limited only to socially distanced visits and zoom calls.

Those days are now over for the lovebirds, as Bob moved into the same care home in January, reunited with his true love.

Bob said: “I have missed Mary so, so much and I’m so happy that we can be together again at last.”

The couple, who are originally from Nottingham, first met at a dance in 1951, at Jepson’s Ballroom when they were just 20 and 18-years-old respectively.

Bob proposed to Mary as they walked past a jewellers, and the two got married on Bob’s birthday in March 1953.

They have a son, two daughters and one granddaughter and are still going strong to this day.

The pair have shared their secret to a long and happy marriage, putting it down to “lots of communication, date nights and of course, true love, which conquers all.”

The manager of Doulton Court Care Home, Susan Yates, said: “It has been wonderful for Bob and Mary to be reunited and it’s so heart-warming to see them enjoying life together once more.

“They love taking part in activities like singing, crafts club and playing board games and being able to sit down and enjoy their meals together again.”

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