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

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

Does this bring back many memories for you?

25 years ago – June 26, 1998

Newark Hospice Aid shop opens in June 1998
Newark Hospice Aid shop opens in June 1998

ABOVE: More than £200 was rung through the tills on the first day of trading at Newark and District Hospice Aid’s first Newark shop on Stodman Street.

The vice-president and director of Newark Hospice, Mrs Joy Mills, cut the ribbon and declared the shop open.

Up to 150 jobs are to go at RHP Bearings in Newark and the company’s operations may be centred on one site.

There are about 700 workers at its Northern Road factory and 200 at the smaller precision bearings factory on Bowbridge Road.

But the company is looking at streamlining its operations.

Television star and avid twitcher Bill Oddie was in Newark as a milestone agreement was signed providing a habitat for one of Britain’s rarest birds.

Tarmac Quarry Products handed over a 20-hectare section of Langford Lowlands to the Royal Society of the Protection of Birds.

The RSPB plans to develop an area of reedbeds designed to attract bittern herons.

A £10m investment programme in its Newark factory has been announced by Sara Lee Bakeries UK.

The former Brossard business on Newark Industrial Estate, which already employs 800 people, has been renamed The Dessert Company.

Outside lavatories at Nottinghamshire schools could become a thing of the past if the county council gets its way.

Ollerton Junior School, Lowe’s Wong Junior School, Southwell; Mount Church of England Primary School, Newark, and Oliver Quibell Infants’ School, Newark, are among those where outdoor lavatories could be removed if the council receives £1m from the government.

Drinkers are helping to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the formation of Southwell Rugby Club by downing pints of a special edition beer named in honour of its historic season.

The first pint of Southwell Rugby Club Anniversary Ale, brewed by Batemans, was pulled by the landlord of the Admiral Rodney, Mr Bill Holmes.

50 years ago – June 30, 1973

Collingham RAF Divers with John Blow School pupils in June 1973
Collingham RAF Divers with John Blow School pupils in June 1973

ABOVE: Leaving the muddy waters of Mons Pool, Collingham, clutching what are thought to be Roman remains, is Bob Baker, a member of RAF Cranwell Sub-Aqua Club, who was greeted by pupils of John Blow Junior School.

The children were invited to watch the divers who were in Collingham looking for traces of Roman occupation.

Newark Rural District Council’s housing committee is to decide whether or not to recommend the council to declare a Balderton housing estate a general improvement area.

If they agree, the 80 houses on Belvoir Road, Belvoir Place, Lowfield Lane and London Road will be eligible for a grant of £100 each for the government for environmental improvements such as road work, street lighting and tree planting, as well as work on the houses.

There were more than 4,000 visitors at the Worthington-Simpton open day.

Most of the Balderton pump makers departments staged displays and in the production office the intercom was used to link with a mystery voice that dispensed instant horoscopes.

Visitors roamed about the factory freely, only the Department of Defence security areas being out of bounds.

The chief public health inspector of Southwell Rural District Council, Mr John Marshall, has been invited to serve on a national committee to advise on the training of rodent operatives.

It is being set up by the Ministry of Agriculture because of the amount of damage done by rats.

Strongman Walter Cornelius brought traffic in Newark town centre to a standstill when he pulled a lorry along Stodman Street – with his teeth.

When he gave his teeth a rest and took over with his muscle-bound arms, he crooned a chorus from the Volga Boatman.

And just in case Newark thought he had sold them short, he did a spot of fire eating as an encore.

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