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

The Advertiser has opened its archive 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 28, 1998

Farndon gala from August 1998
Farndon gala from August 1998

ABOVE: Many of the activities planned as part of the Farndon gala were cancelled as the event was declared a wash-out.

Torrential rain meant a tug-of-war competition and other attractions planned for the playing field had to be cancelled, although visitors could still attend the village hall.

Pictured at one of the gift stalls are Michael Simpson, 7, and David Sutton, 6.

An air ambulance crew called to a car crash near Stapleford Woods were amazed to find an RAF Chinook helicopter at the scene when they arrived.

The unique rescue operation began when the Chinook pilot, flying back from a training exercise, spotted the accident and flew down for a closer look.

He landed the aircraft in a field next to the accident so a crew member could jump out and assess the situation.

Newark architects Benoy have designed a £25m 20-screen cinema for the centre of Nottingham.

The design for the 250,000sq ft complex on four levels reached by escalators on Forman Street includes a glass frontage.

Recent spells of hot weather have led to a flood of calls to Newark and Sherwood District Council’s pest control service.

The service has received hundreds of calls from residents about creepy-crawlies, chief among them ants, both in the air and on the ground, and wasps.

But so far there has been no appearance of the so-called Euro wasp, which has a more powerful and potentially fatal sting.

Visitors from around the world can take a tour of Newark without leaving home.

Newark Town Council has launched itself around the globe with its own website, designed by Advertiser Web Services.

There are moving panoramic views of the ballroom and council chamber and other interior photographs of the interior of the town hall along with detailed descriptions.

50 years ago – September 1, 1973

ABOVE: It will be back to work on Monday for some of the 200 workers at Cooper and Co of Victoria Street, Newark, whose factory was partly gutted by fire.

Three machine rooms, a pressing room, a storeroom and part of a quilting room at the dressing gown factory were completely burnt out, including machinery and nearly half the stocks of ready-made gowns.

Flames engulfed the building within moments because the acrylic fibres used at the factory were highly inflammable. The material also gave off poisonous smoke and only six firemen wearing breathing apparatus were able to reach the heart of the blaze.

Two firemen received slight burns but returned to the scene after treatment at Newark Hospital.

Armed with confidential information about plans to downgrade Newark Hospital, the town’s Mayor, Alderman Mrs Elizabeth Yorke is to rush a life-and-death petition to Sir Keith Joseph, Secretary of State for Social Services.

Mrs Yorke will launch the petition on the steps of Newark Town Hall and hopes everyone in the town would sign it – street by street.

She says she now has information confirming rumours that the major accident and emergency department is to be removed from Newark Hospital.

Police at Newark say they will take normal precautions for the visit of a minister of state when Mr William Whitelaw, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, visits.

Mr Whitelaw is to speak at a joint meeting of Roman Catholics and Protestants in Newark about government policy in strife-torn Ulster.

Notts is ringing up a telephone boom with more than 25,000 new subscribers in the last year.

Almost 23,000 of the new lines went into homes and only 2,300 were for offices.

Village football teams, especially Sunday ones, are being driven out of their home villages because they cannot get grounds to play on, so says a Newark and District Sunday League official.

Alan Wilkinson maintains some clubs are being discriminated against.

“They are entitled to feel that they are beset for prejudice, that the major influence of their village is directed against soccer in general and Sunday football in particular,” he said.

100 years ago – August 29, 1923

The Grove Motor Company, Balderton, gave a treat to the children of the Cottage Home by conveying them in a large bus to the Dukeries.

This merry party set off carrying with them an abundant and toothsome refreshments.

Expressions of delight were frequent as the scenery unfolded.

Four buses belonging to Grove Motor Company also made a journey to Skegness and two of these were filled with happy children who had not previously visited the seaside.

This party of 34 boys and girls had a particularly happy day owing to the generosity of Mr and Mrs Brown, of the Grove Garage, who in addition to giving the youngsters a glorious free ride, provided them with splendid dinner and tea at the Cosmo Restaurant.

A warning to reckless motorists was uttered by Mr W. Bradley at Newark Borough Police Court.

He said: “We are determined to put a stop to this reckless travelling in very dangerous parts of the town. We have noticed how the police are endeavouring to do their duty in directing traffic at dangerous crossings and other occasions and we will deal with offenders severely.

Mr Henry Foster was fined £1 and costs for failing to stop when requested by Pc Millhouse.

The question was raised by the Chief Constable at Newark Borough Police Court of the provision of a poor box from which temporary assistance could be rendered to defendants who were without means to return home after paying their fines.

Recently, they had had cases of men being absolutely stoney broke after being before the bench and he thought a box could be provided and fill a great need.

An amalgamation has been arranged between the Newark Motor Cycle Club and the Newark and District Motor and Motorcycle Club.

It was felt that a town the size of Newark was not large enough to support two clubs.

The name of the new club will be the Newark Motor Cycle and Car Club as the motorcyclists are in the majority.

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