This is not the most attractive view ever taken of the landmark County Bridge in Brigg. But we recorded the scene last Sunday morning to show that, hopefully, when the "loop" security system is introduced at our new supermarkets, it will stop people from pinching the trolleys, which will no longer end up in the River Ancholme, as this one did.
We gather the wheels will lock if you reach a certain distance from the stores (eg perimeter of the car park).
The level of the river is dropped in late autumn to allow maintenance work to take place along its banks. It's something that's happened for many years. Indeed, back in the early 1980s, I recall a front page story in the Lincolnshire Times on this very topic, where anglers were having "a bit of a dig."
And that phrase brings us nicely to the following memories...
While studying history at Brigg Grammar School, 40 years ago, we used to explore the mud of the Ancholme at this time of year, looking for old clay pipes and alley bottles.
We made a few interesting finds but nothing to compare with the centuries-old stone milepost once uncovered at "low water" (somewhere near Manley Gardens, I think).
Maybe it ended up in the care of a local council - perhaps in Barton, as I recall the milepost mentioned that town. The "find" could have been 18th century.
Anyone remember the details better than me?
DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN NOW READ MORE INTERESTING NEWS ABOUT BRIGG AND DISTRICT BY VISITING THE BRIGG PEOPLE WEBSITE?
“YOURS TRULY” IS THE COMMUNITY PUBLISHER. YOU CAN REGISTER WITH THE SITE AND THEN UPLOAD YOUR OWN NEWS, SPORT AND VIEWS.