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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 many memories?

25 years ago – July 3, 1998

Great Notts Bike Ride A46 Car Colston & Trent Bridge June 1998
Great Notts Bike Ride A46 Car Colston & Trent Bridge June 1998

ABOVE: More than 5,000 cyclists took to Nottinghamshire’s roads for the county’s annual charity bike ride.

Newark was the half-way point for the 50-mile route. Entertainment was provided at the new Riverside Park by the Trent Concert Band, Ben Lester with his Circus Minimus and the Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square.

More than 50 people attended a public meeting in Newark Town Hall to protest against plans to build a hotel on an island in the River Trent.

Plans have been submitted for a £3m 69-bedroom hotel on Parnham’s Island, off Millgate.

Millgate Conservation Society, which has consistently opposed the plans, organised the meeting.

A cavalcade of ambulances, with some special guests on board, led teh 50th anniversary celebrations of the NHS in Newark.

Three people who shared the July 5 birthday were taken to the town hall for a commemorative coffee morning with the mayor, Mrs Doreen Westmoreland.

Six vintage ambulances represented the five decades of the health service.

A new restaurant could be opened in a former pine furniture shop in Castlegate, Newark.

Newark and Sherwood District Council approved the project for the shop near the Swan and Salmon Yard.

A bizarre chimney fire has closed Coddington Scout Hall after an experiment went wrong.

Two members of 1st Coddington Scouts were playing with a homemade model of a hot air ballon in a garden next to the hall.

The balloon drifted beside the hall’s chimney breast and in through a 6ins hole used by sweeps. The meths-fuelled balloon, made from parts of a bin liner, settled on birds’ nests and other debris in the chimney, which then caught fire.

50 years ago – July 7, 1973

Newark Rugby Club Carnival Jul 1973
Newark Rugby Club Carnival Jul 1973

ABOVE: Sandra Lane, of the Croda team, registers her feelings as water spills on to her lap while competing in a round of It’s A Knockout at Newark Rugby Club’s carnival.

Newark Rugby Club’s third annual carnival attracted more than 5,000 people.

For the second year running, Associated British Maltsters team won It’s A Knockout.

The urgent need for parking facilities was brought up once again at a Newark Town Council meeting.

The council approved a plan for a carpark behind Northgate House for 94 vehicles.

Newark could not afford to lose the fight to retain its hospital services, said the Mayor, Alderman Mrs Elizabeth Yorke.

She was apeaking during a debate on Newark Hospital, during which Mr Sean Woods (Lab) said the hospital and staff had already been downgraded.

Nottingham and District Hospital Management Committee said any change of use of the hospital could only take place with full local consultation and no proposal had been made.

The Grapes public house, Allenby Road, Southwell, is threatened by a planning application.

The owners, John Smith’s Tadcaster Brewery, are asking for permission to demolish it and use the site for housing.

A petition protesting against the demolition has been signed by 167 people.

A ban-the-lorry scheme is being introduced by the county council highways department to make life safer and quieter in many Notts villages.

Already weight restrictions have been placed on some country roads and a further batch is in the pipeline.

The public are being invited to recommend roads they feel should be protected from the lorry, either for environmental or road safety reasons.

100 years ago – July 4, 1923

Steps were taken at a meeting of Newark Rural District Council to provide for the compulsary notification of chickenpox in the area, owing to the great similarity to it of smallpox.

The council’s medical officer, Dr Baxter, said when cases of chickenpox broke out they were treated by parents with some household remedy and medical advice was not secured.

He said there was a tremendous number of cases of chickenpox in the district.

Glorious weather favoured the Church Sunday School Treat at Balderton, the children spending a most enjoyable time.

The proceedings commenced with the Rev W. L. Henderson conducting an open-air service near the church.

Leaving the church, the procession, headed by the Church Lads’ Bridgade, headed to the school, where a splendid tea was served.

Happy faces beamed from behind the stacks of cake and bread and butter and buns.

A fine of £1 and costs were imposed on RAF officer Henrey Spear Sandford at Newark Sessions, for driving a motorcycle to the danger of the public in Castlegate.

Pc Judson estimated his speed at about 35mph and had any traffic come out of Stodman Street there would have been a collision.

The Rev H. Gorse said there was too much fast driving through the streets.

The annual sale of flowers, fruit and vegetables, organised by Newark and District Horticultural Society for Newark Hospital, was, as usual, a great success.

The appeal from the society to the gentry, local gardeners and allotment holders met with a ready response and contrary to expectations in consequence of a bad growing season, the contributions of flowers and vegetables were a pleasant surrpise.

It is expected a good balance will be handed over to the hosp

The recent collection of eggs for the hospital has proved a great success – over 10,000 eggs have been collected for Newark Hospital.



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