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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.

25 years ago – November 13, 1998

Highfields School, Newark, security posters from November 1998.
Highfields School, Newark, security posters from November 1998.

Above: Pupils at Highfields School, Newark, are helping to highlight the Securathon ‘98 campaign to raise money for security cameras in the town centre.

The youngsters have designed a mural based on security and safety. It depicts a street scene showing dangers young people can face and will be displayed in the Gilstrap Centre.

• Work on the £4m first phase of a Newark business park will start in the new year.

Maple Oak plc has joined Rampart Property Services to undertake the new industrial and warehouse development at the former Cafferata Works, off Beacon Hill.

Development of the 22-acre site next to Newark Industrial Estate will start with the construction of 50,000sq ft of industrial premises.

The developers say the building is being lined up for an international company that wants to make Newark the centre of its European operations.

• Traders have gained from the success of Newark’s newest supermarket, according to its boss.

Research has found that of the thousands of people who shop at Waitrose each week, 70% were from outside Newark.

The branch, the supermarket chain’s most northerly in the country, regularly attracts shoppers to Newark from Sheffield, Chesterfield, Lincoln, Grantham and Sleaford.

• Newark Chamber of Commerce hopes as many businesses as possible will fly the flag to welcome in the new millennium.

The chamber is to look at arranging a supply of flags so as it not be caught out when the big day arrives at the end of next year.

The flag-flying idea came from Richard Watkinson who thought it would be an appropriate way for local businesses to promote their patriotism and confidence in the future.

50 years – November 17, 1973

ABOVE: A regal line-up at Newark’s Barnbygate Methodist Church by a group of ‘titled’ youngsters who took part in a Newark and district Sunday schools festival of queens.

• Disputes in the electricity and coal industries threaten a bleak time for workers, shoppers and traders. Government restrictions on the use of power have given police a headache too.

At Newark, a scheme to decorate the town centre with Christmas fairy lights is threatened by the Government ban on electricity for display purposes.

Motorists too have felt the pinch. Some local garages have run out of petrol.

Throughout the area floodlit soccer, rugby, and hockey matches have been cancelled.

• Collingham residents are advised to put their names down immediately if they would like one of the village’s old street lamps, soon to be replaced with modern standard lamps.

The old lamps were used for gas lighting and then converted to electricity.

• Nearly 400 people attended the first public showing of A Moment In History, the film of Newark’s last mayor-making ceremony.

The film, which lasts 35 minutes, was shown three times during the afternoon and parties of children arrived from most Newark schools.

• A petition signed by 400 Balderton people was handed to an official of the National Health Service in an effort to get a chemist shop for the village.

100 years ago – November 14, 1923

The memory of the gallant band of heroes who laid down their lives in the cause of freedom was uppermost in the hearts of Southwell inhabitants on Sunday morning.

At 10 o’clock there was a large gathering at the Memorial Cross on Burgage Green.

The Rector asked the gathering to sing the hymn O God Our Help In Ages Past during which wreaths were laid at the base of the cross.

The shrill sound of the syren was heard and as it died away the clock of the minster struck the solemn hour of 11 and the great gathering remained quiet as one man in the profound silence that followed.

• An alarming accident occurred at the works of Messrs Ransome and Marles.

Three men were at work in a department where a centrifugal machine full of balls was in operation. Suddenly, the machine burst and the balls were scattered in all directions with a velocity equalling that of bullets from a rifle.

All three men were struck down.

Assistance was soon forthcoming and they were removed to Newark Hospital.

• Under the auspices of the Newark and District Horticultural and Allotment Holders Society, the autumn show of chrysanthemums, fruit and vegetables will be held at the Town Hall.

There will be the whist drive in the evening and the Balderton Orchestra will play selections during the afternoon and evening.

• There was a large attendance at the meeting in the Kinema in support of the Newark branch of the League of the United Nations.

The Mayor opened proceedings and in the course of his remarks said he supported the United Nations, not because he thought they would ever see the end of wars, or that this country would be wise not to be prepared for war, but because he thought the League would be of immense use.

They should not resort to war until diplomacy, argument and everything else had fallen through.

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