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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 look at what was making the news this week 25, 50 and 100 years ago.

Does it bring back any memories?

25 years ago – June 19, 1998

Newark FireFighters Fancy Dress Car Wash June1998-83948 003
Newark FireFighters Fancy Dress Car Wash June1998-83948 003

ABOVE: Firemen in Newark are hoping to clean up as they raise money for the Fire Fighters National Benevolent Fund.

The firemen, who will be wearing fancy dress, are hoping to wash more than 100 cars at Newark Fire Station.

A major new centre of excellence boasting a host of top notch multi-sports facilities is planned for the people of Newark.

Applications for £1.4m-worth of grant aid have been submitted to build a new indoor and outdoor sports centre on London Road.

It would serve as a sports venue for the whole community, providing first-class facilities for tennis, table tennis, badminton, basketball, volleyball and other sports.

The future of Southwell's war memorial in Bishop’s Drive still hangs in the balance – just like the structure itself.

Members of the town council are divided over whether to demolish it or leave it until funds can be found to restore it completely.

There has been concern over the state of the memorial for some time and it is now supported by scaffolding after a lorry hit and knocked out one of its support pillars.

A police team has been set up to help foster better relations between the force and residents of Newark area housing estates.

The team uses a video camera to film young people who are misbehaving.

Although the footage cannot be used as evidence in prosecutions, the officers are prepared to name and shame the individuals captured on camera by taking to footage home to show their parents.

An England team has already enjoyed a World Cup final success – not in France but on a farm near Edwinstowe.

Football-loving pigs took to the pitch at Sherwood Forest Farm Park for the final of the Pig World Cup, where a porker called Beckham was the hat-trick hero.

Beckham’s goals, and one from Graeme Le Sow, gave England a 4-0 victory over Brazil.

50 years ago – June 23, 1973

Southwell Catholic Church Garden Party Jun 1973-28979 005
Southwell Catholic Church Garden Party Jun 1973-28979 005

ABOVE: Selina Hubbard, 13, made an effective fortune teller at a fete organised by Southwell Roman Catholics and she foretold a bright future for her friends, Lisa Hodson, left, and Anne Roberts.

Other attractions at the fete included baby and fancy dress competitions and a miniature fairground.

Local government re-organisation has presented councillors with a wonderful opportunity to improve on the present set up, Mrs Miriam Beardsley, the newly-elected chairman, told the first meeting of Newark District Council.

Mrs Beardsley said the council, representing nearly 10,000 people, had a heavy task. It would need all the help councillors of experience could offer but it would also need the breath of fresh air that came with the enthusiasm of new members.

The open air swimming pool on Sherwood Avenue has this week taken £558 with an attendance of 6,000 since it opened for the summer.

Fears that work on a subway at the proposed £2¾ St Mark’s Lane development in Newark may unsettle the foundations of nearby older buildings are expressed in an objection to the scheme.

One of the objectors was worried about the threat to old buildings from vibrations during excavations for the service access road below ground level.

The problem of increased traffic congestion on Lombard Street was also mentioned.

Three men were each fined £2 by Newark County magistrates for offences involving powered craft on the Trent.

One admitted using a motorboat to pull a water skier, although he does not belong to a power boat club. Another admitted to being a skier.

The third admitted using a speedboat without a pleasure boat certificate or licence.

Newark firms are to be asked to look into the problem of workers retiring without adequate thought or training for their new leisure time.

The firms will recieve letters from Newark and District Trades Council impressing the importance of preparation for retirement and inquiring what they are doing about it.

100 years ago – June 20, 1923

What was described by Mr J. G. Branston as “one of the saddest episodes in a small way in the history of Newark” was a special general meeting of the proprietors of the newark Stock Library.

The business was to receive a report with regard to the disposal of the library and contents and to consider the formation of a Magazine Club.

The committee wanted to get rid of all the books as quickly as possible and an offer of £263 was accepted for all 18,000 books.

At the property sale at Southwell much interest was taken in the disposal of the Crown Hotel, well known to tourists and visitors to the town.

Bidding commenced at £1,500 and rose quickly to £2,000 and then slowly mounted to £2,850, at which figure it was bought by Mr Bird, of Mansfield.

What is regarded as the cream of filmland, the eight-reel drama Blood And Sand, opened at Newark’s Kinema on Monday.

With Rudolph Valentino in the principal role, it created a mild sensation among Newark picture-goers.

A successful smoking concert in connection with Newark United FC was held at its headquarters of the Horse and Jockey, where a capital music programme was submitted.

There was a good muster of the club’s supporters and playing members, including several of last year’s out-of-town players.

A fourteen-year-old pit-pony driver, of Eakring, was brought before Southwell Police Court on a charge of stealing a fowl.

The fowl was reported missing and Pc Brown found the bird under a sink in the defendant’s father’s home.

The defendant was fined 10s.



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