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

Does it bring back any memories?

25 years ago – September 11, 1998

Actor Frazer Hines launches the 1998 Bramley Apple Festival in Southwell.
Actor Frazer Hines launches the 1998 Bramley Apple Festival in Southwell.

Above: Actor Frazer Hines, who played Emmerdale farmer Joe Sugden, helped launch the Bramley Festival at the Saracen’s Head, Southwell.

He joined children from Lowe’s Wong Infants’ School to help chef Mr Dean Sweeting put the finishing touches to a festival pie.

Frazer is pictured holding the pie while tasting a Bramley provided by Charlotte Riley, 6.

• Newark town centre security cameras could be in place by next summer, say organisers spearheading a fundraising campaign.

The Securathon campaign has seen the Chamber of Commerce join forces with Newark and Sherwood District Council to raise £98,000 from Newark businesses.

• The controversial Islamic Institute at Flintham has closed and the 170 pupils transferred to Manchester.

A spokesman said the premises – in the former officers’ mess at RAF Syerston – were no longer suitable.

When the boarding school first opened four years ago it had about 230 pupils. It was one of the largest of its kind in Britain with students from throughout Europe and the US.

• Up to 60 jobs could be created if plans are passed to bring a new fast food restaurant to Ollerton.

McDonald’s, the largest fast food chain operating in Britain, has put a planning application in for a drive-through restaurant at the site of the Saville Service Station, Ollerton Cross.

It would cost £1m to build and create 50 to 60 jobs in the area.

• Pupils at Newark’s Magnus Church of England School returned from the summer holidays with a new uniform.

They have kept the distinctive green, red and gold tie of the former Magnus Grammar School but it is now teamed with a black v-neck sweater with a new logo designed by sixth-former Damien Pepper, 17, based on the Thomas Magnus coat of arms.

50 years ago – September 15, 1973

Pram race at Farndon gala. September 1973
Pram race at Farndon gala. September 1973

ABOVE: More than £400 is expected for Farndon Village Hall development fund from the village gala on the playing field.

In our picture, Mr George Price, licensee of the Britannia Inn, was getting an early start in the round-the-village pram race with a little assistance from Mr Norman Harrison.

More than 2,000 people attended the gala.

The Mayor of Newark, Alderman Mrs Elizabeth Yorke, is seeing a Health Department Secretary armed with a 22,000-signature petition pleading for the status of Newark Hospital to be maintained.

Mrs Yorke will wear her chain of office and carry the mayoral wand with a placard attached to it saying ‘Save Our Hospital’.

The petition will be contained in a specially-designed folder bearing the town’s coat of arms.

• Newark will have to wait until a route for the A46 bypass is settled before a site can be chosen that will enable the town to join a national network of maximum security lorry parks.

But trades council members were not satisfied. It was agreed Winthorpe airfield was the only logical site for a lorrypark, irrespective of the A46 bypass.

• Combining sound and light to tell the history of Newark Castle could have turned out to be a boring lesson, but the organisers of the Son et Lumiere show have turned it into an absorbing entertainment filled with drama, humour and spectacle.

The ancient castle walls proved the ideal backdrop of lighting effects and the spoken word brings life to the stories.

• About 700 people attended an It’s A Knockout competition organised by Southwell Rugby Club at their headquarters, making £150 for the club.

Teams took part in eight games with many of the ingredients familiar to viewers of the BBC television series.

100 years ago – September 12, 1923

A party of 30 Dutchmen has arrived in Newark in readiness for the opening of the Sugar Beet Factory at Kelham,.

The Dutchmen will be engaged as experts and will act as foremen over the various departments of the beet to sugar process.

It is expected that a further contingent will arrive in a few days to augment the colony.

Work is progressing at the factory of the Home Grown Sugar Ltd in preparation for the new season. It is expected the factory will be able to commence work in about two weeks’ time.

• Full ceremonial King’s Colours, given by the Rev Andrew Ping, were presented by Major Hugh Hole, Newark and District Commissioner, to the revived Farndon Troop of Boy Scouts.

The new troop is the follower of a Farndon Troop, which was disbanded during the war.

• Three Southwell lads were fined at the Police Court for damaging a fruit tree belonging to Mr J. Starkey, of Norwood.

The defendants were apparently going to work when they left their bicycles and climbed over a gate. They were seen pulling apples from a tree.

The court was told Mr Starkey had brought the case in the interests of other fruit growers in the district.

• It will be noticed from the advertisements that huge reductions are being made in the price of those popular British cars, the Morris Oxford and he Morris Cowley, the new two-seater complete with self-starter and equipment, being down to £198.

It is the first time in the history of British motor manufacture that so direct a challenge to American makers has been issued.

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