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

The Advertiser has once again 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 – October 2, 1998

Southwell Bramley Apple Crowning King & Queen Oct 1998
Southwell Bramley Apple Crowning King & Queen Oct 1998

ABOVE: Southwell hosted its third Bramley Festival.

The highlight of the event was the Bramley Apple Pie Competition, which attracted almost 100 entries.

Pictured are Lowe’s Wong Infants’ School pupils Jared Evison, 4, and Amy Hilton, 5, who were Bramley King and Queen for the day.

• War veterans booked into the Robin Hood Hotel in Newark for their annual meeting found by chance it had closed a few days earlier.

The hotel ceased to trade almost a year to the day after financial difficulties reduced it to bed and breakfast status.

Staff have been seen at the Lombard Street hotel clearing items from the premises.

• Residents of an estate on the outskirts of Newark are on the flight path for low-flying military aircraft because of the Ministry of Defence claims it is not part of the town.

RAF aircraft, including Tornado fighters, are regularly flying over The Ivies, off Farndon Road.

• More is being learned about the history of Newark through an archaeological dig in the castle gardens.

A team of archaeologists are carrying out the dig ahead of improvement work to the gardens.

The plan is to open more parts of the castle to attract more tourists.

The team has uncovered some flagstones under the gatehouse tower which could well be medieval and which no one knew were there.

50 years ago – October 7, 1973

Farndon Sea Scouts open day in October 1973
Farndon Sea Scouts open day in October 1973

ABOVE: Giving a display of their nautical talents are members of the girls’ section of the Newark Sea Scout troop when they held an open day at their headquarters at Farndon.

• A Department of the Environment proposal for the Beaumond Cross junction at Newark, including the moving of the centuries-old cross was outlined to members of Newark Borough Council.

The proposals include three-land traffic from Lombard Street with melotype signals that can be seen clearly in daylight.

There would be more refuges for pedestrians on Lombard Street and Portland Street, and the approaches on Lombard Street would be widened, which would mean moving the cross on to the pavement at the Supasave corner.

• Concern about under-age drinking in Newark is expressed in a letter to the police from Newark Youth Wing.

It is suggested that the ease with which youngsters can get into discotheques on licensed premises is affecting attendances at youth wing club nights.

Landlords are asked to use the utmost vigilance.

• Mugs commemorating the wedding next month of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips were among the prizes on the tombola stall at Southwell Minster harvest festival in Trebeck Hall.

• Mr Ted Bishop, MP for Newark, is continuing his campaign to make sure doctors’ wives are not vetted when their husbands apply for National Health Service jobs.

Mr Bishop complained to the Secretary of State for Health that this was happening and asked him to investigate. He said it meant women were being treated as appendages of their husbands and was an intolerable invasion of privacy.

100 years ago – October 3, 1923

• The first public protest against the Corporation’s new move towards the approval by the Electricity Commissioners of their £100,000 electricity scheme was forthcoming at the Newark and District Property Owners and Ratepayers’ Association annual meeting.

The scheme is admitted by its sponsors to necessitate a £16,000 cost each year and, as the opposition declare, this sum cannot be raised owing to insufficient demand for power and light.

• At the quarterly meeting of the Girls High School governors the headmistress made a strong plea for increased accommodation.

There was no laboratory, the hall was totally inadequate, no dining room, nowhere to teach music, no room for visitors, a separate gymnasium was needed and at least two more classrooms for those pupils who were now accommodated in the Art School.

The best solution put forth was that the county council should proceed with the erection of the proposed new technical and art school on the Chauntry site, agreed in 1920.

• The Kelham factory of Home Grown Sugar Ltd opened yesterday for the reception of beet, and some 50 loads were received.

It is pleasing to learn that the sugar content is reported to be unusually high at present and growers are urged to deliver their crops promptly while the weather is favourable.

• There were some exciting moments at the Trentside near the Lock Entry when Mr Pacey discovered a woman lying in the lock.

Mr Pacey fetched his daughters and they held on to a rope attached to grappling irons while he went for a boat.

A rescue was effected and assistance was also given by Mr Wingate who was passing at the time.

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