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What was making the news in the Newark Advertiser in 1923, 1973 and 1998





The Advertiser has opened its archives to see what was making the news this week 25, 50 and 100 years ago.

Does it bring back any memories?

25 years ago – August 7, 1998

Royal Oak Newark Charity Pull Jul 1998
Royal Oak Newark Charity Pull Jul 1998

ABOVE: Regulars at the Royal Oak, Newark, have pulled a pony trap 100 miles to raise money for pupils with special needs.

The group pulled the cart along minor roads from Chapel-St-Leonards to Newark, raising around £1,000 for Newark Orchard School.

Pictured are Terry Greaves, Charles Mayall, Lorraine Yeomans, Mick Roberts, Jackie Mayall, landlord Craig Walker, landlady Jenny Parkin, Malcolm Barnes, Martin Reid, Adam Sutton, Fred Warren, Darren Hopkinson and Billy Sullivan.

Torrential rain caused floods across the Newark area. Fire crews struggled to cope as worried householders faced rising water levels.

The heavy downpour was accompanied by thunder and lightning and firefighters were stretched to the limit.

Ian Townsend, of Hill Vue Gardens, said: “It was like a river. The water was running from kerb to kerb.”

Residents of Yorke Drive, who have been campaigning for more than 30 years for a solution to their flooding problems found their roads and gardens under several inches of water.

There was good news and bad news for the Newark area in the government’s transport review.

While the decision to dual the A46 between Newark and Lincoln was welcomed, the news that a similar scheme between Newark and Widmerpool would be shelved sparked concern.

The scheme to dual the 13km stretch between Newark and Lincoln, at a cost of £29m, could begin early next year.

New arrangements for expectant mothers in Newark came in effect with the closure of Grantham Hospital’s maternity unit.

All births from the Grantham area, which includes Newark, will be at Lincoln County Hospital.

Disused tennis courts at The Park, Newark, are being sold for housing by Nottinghamshire County Council.

The courts were bought by the council in 1969 as part of the old St Claire’s Convent building, which became part of the Magnus school.

The area would be suitable for two bungalows, according to the council.

50 years ago – August 11, 1973

Palace Theatre alterations Aug 1973
Palace Theatre alterations Aug 1973

ABOVE: A scar on the wall is all that remains of the Palace Theatre box office as Mr Joe Spooner tosses a beam caber-like on to a pile of rotting carpet and other rubbish while Mr Bill Johnson scatters it with Kiss Me Kate programmes.

Every Sunday for the past few weeks and for the next few weeks, Mr Richard Bostock leads a small team of volunteers preparing The Palace arts and leisure centre for the conversion builders to move in.

The signing of documents between Newark Town Council and Arrowcroft Investments is expected to take place within two weeks, putting the official seal on the town’s biggest shopping development – the £2¾ St Mark’s Lane project.

The address of a fire in Southwell caused a flurry. Engines from Newark and Southwell were called to a blaze at the Old Gasworks, Easthorpe.

But there was only a small grass fire at the long-disused works, which was put out in minutes.

Said a brigade spokesman: “With an address like that you don’t take chances.”

Plans to re-open one of Newark’s best-known public houses, the Duke of Cumberland in Middlegate, are now going ahead.

The public house, which has been closed for more than two years, as the town’s only free house under licensee Mr David Kirrage.

The building will have a dining room, lounge bar, buffet bar and general bar downstairs, with another dining room upstairs to cater for about 90 people.

There can no longer be any doubt that food prices will be up this winter. Bread, biscuits, breakfast cereals, meat, poultry and eggs will be affected. And if milk is not dearer, it will almost certainly be less plentiful.

These are the gloomy speculations arise from a Notts NFU county executive meeting, where long neglect of agriculture in many countries were blamed for a growing world shortage of food.

100 years ago – August 8, 1923

Great excitement prevailed at Farnsfield when the Prince Of Wales passed through on his way to Rufford, and the local people threw themselves into a vigorous welcome with enthusiasm.

A bridge of flags overhung the road and every cottage had its quota of bunting.

There were several false alarms but eventually at around seven o’clock a car rounded the bend and cheers rang out.

The past week has witnessed the quietude of Hawton broken in a very pleasant manner by the kindness and generosity of Mr and Mrs Joseph Bambridge on the coming of age of their eldest son, George.

All employees of Mr Bambridge , including wives and children, were entertained in a lavish manner. A substantial tea was served.

A full programme of sports was organised, which was thoroughly enjoyed followed by music, singing, dancing and games until a late hour.

The August Lamb Fair was held in Newark Cattle Market, where 1,143 sheep and lambs were sold.

There was an excellent show of store lambs and it was the general opinion that they were the brightest and healthiest lot of lambs shown for several years.

There was a large attendance of buyers from Yorkshire and all parts of the country.

The other day our beloved Bathing Place adjusted its best coat of tar and posed quite prettily for a photograph. The special object was to provide a much-needed new picture for the NSA Certificates.

Indeed, the only jarring note is supplied by a small boy who tactlessly strayed into the line of fire in one picture huddled in a great coat.



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