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What was making the news in the 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?

24 years ago – September 4

Lily La Rue visits Sutton-on-Trent. Sept 1998
Lily La Rue visits Sutton-on-Trent. Sept 1998

ABOVE: A surprise was in store for parents and children who attended Sutton-on-Trent Toes and Tumbles’ Journey Through A Magical Kingdom.

The show, which sold out, had a compere with a difference in the form of Lilly La Rue, a look-a-like of female impersonator Paul O’Grady’s character Lily Savage.

Five work colleagues are celebrating after their syndicate scooped £222,157 on the National Lottery.

The men, who work together at Westpile (Tilbury Douglas) in Hoveringham, matched five numbers and the bonus ball.

Syndicate leader Bert Crawford watched the lucky numbers being drawn live on Saturday night at his mother’s then rushed home to check his ticket.

“I wanted to tell the others straight away but I had trouble getting through to them on the phone,” he said.

“I jumped in the car and drove round to see each one.”

A group of Southwell car washers were on television trying to prove they offered the best value for money service around.

The BBC TV Watchdog – Value For Money show visited the town’s Baptist Church to interview and film members of the church in action.

The programme looked at four types of car wash – auto-washing, jet washing, bob-a-job and professional hand finish – to see which one was best value.

Worshippers at Southwell Minster are hoping for a mild winter as windows in the cathedral transept are removed and boarded up.

The work is part of a £105,000 scheme to repair and renew the glazing.

Nottinghamshire libraries have started an additional music library service for its readers with a guarantee to buy every top ten pop album appearing in the charts in both CD and cassette form.

This is called the premium collection and should particularly benefit those members who are interested in hearing the latest sounds.

Doctors in the Newark area are being asked not to prescribe Viagra if it is cleared for use in the UK.

The number of impotence referrals within the North Nottinghamshire Health Authority Area has reached record levels after publicity surrounding Viagra, the new drug treatment from the US.

Demand has been so great – up several hundred percent since people learned about Viagra – that the authority has called on GPs to halt new NHS referrals.

50 years ago – September 8, 1973

Mayors Hospital Petition Sept 1973-
Mayors Hospital Petition Sept 1973-

ABOVE: Flanked by Newark MP Mr Ted Bishop and Town Crier Bert Hall, the Mayor of Newark, Alderman Mrs Elizabeth Yorke strides through Newark Market Place to launch her petition to save Newark Hospital from demotion to a cottage hospital.

Mrs Yorke will travel to London personally to deliver to Social Services Secretary Sir Keith Joseph the petition already signed by 9,806 people.

Newark’s biggest shopping development, the £23/4m St Mark’s Lane scheme, was signed and sealed by Newark Town Council.

The scheme now awaits full planning consent, which gives the 28 objectors their last chance to put forward their views.

The site will contain a supermarket, department store, 15 shops, offices, a multi-storey carpark, and other services and amenities in pedestrian precincts.

Elegant ladies in powdered finery and gentry in wigs and knee-breeches mingled with the crowds who thronged Newark Market Place for the Georgian market.

The peacock splendour of the costumes, cries of traders selling their wares, the sound of a playground organ, and a warm evening combined to produce a carnival atmosphere that could hardly have been bettered in the Georgian days of merrie England.

Farndon Parish Council used to meet at 7.30pm. Then members decided to meet half an hour earlier so they could finish earlier.

But they hit a snag – their clerk, Mr Percy Staveley, is a keen follower of ITV soap Crossroads.

Although the serial finishes at 6.55pm, it takes Mr Staveley 15 minutes to get to the meeting.

So, members have now compromised and their meetings will start at 7.10pm.

Mr Staveley said: “I do not look at television haphazardly but I have been following the programme for four years and seldom miss.

“I find it very entertaining. It is not educational but the acting is good and it has a homely atmosphere.”

Work has started on a 94-home development at the end of Grove Street, Balderton, and developers have a 50-home estate in Marsh Lane, Farndon, in the pipeline.

The two estates are part of a £6m development programme by William Leech (Midlands) Ltd.

100 years ago – September 5, 1923

The Friendly Societies’ annual house-to-house collection for Newark Hospital will take place on September 15 and it is hoped residents of Newark and district will make a generous response.

During the last year, 1,375 patients were treated at the hospital. The number of in-patients was 323, of this total, 178 were from Newark and 141 from the country and four from outside the radius.

The average cost of each in-patient is about £11 7s 3d.

The jubilee celebrations of Newark Rowing Club continued with a whist drive in the boathouse.

There were various sideshows and all were well patronised. In addition, a dance was held in the adjoining tennis section and a good number spent an enjoyable time.

Newarkers turned out in their hundreds to welcome George Cummings, the champion walker, on his 200-mile tramp from London to York.

Cummings was successful in his attempt to beat the time recorded by Mr Tyrwhite Drake on his Arab horse, The Sheik, doing the distance in one hour 20 minutes less than was taken by the horse.

The annual treat of the Newark District Juvenile Oddfellows took place, when sports and games were held on Cupit’s Paddock, London Road.

The weather, though at times threatening, kept bright and everyone appeared to have a most enjoyable time.

The St Leonard’s Band was in attendance and played a capital selection of music. The sports, taken generally, were evenly contested.

A special service was held at St Giles’ Church when upwards of 120 members of the Balderton branch of the Mothers’ Union attended the dedication of a beautiful banner, which probably ranks among the best in the county.



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