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

25 years ago – November 27, 1998

Midland Bank Manager chained up up Children in Need - November 1998
Midland Bank Manager chained up up Children in Need - November 1998

ABOVE: People throughout the area dug deep into their pockets for Children In Need.

Staff at the Midland Bank, Newark, achieved a career ambition when their managers agreed to be chained to railings outside the Market Place branch.

Branch manager Ian Hegarty (pictured) and his assistant, Michael Clarke, took it in turns to brave the cold to raise £518.

• Companies have been warned to guard against arsonists who are setting fire to rubbish bins outside business premises.

Arsonists set fire to a trail of bins outside business premises through Newark town centre. Now, shops and businesses are being urged to do what they can to protect their premises.

• There was more than a passing interest from the Advertiser area in the Miss World contest in the Seychelles.

Fashion and beauty consultants from Balderton, Farndon and Long Bennington helped top create the look of Miss UK, Emmalene McLaughlin,18.

Emmalene, from Liverpool, was photographed at Mr Graham Would’s studio in Main Street Balderton. Her hair was by Declan Logue, of Farndon, and she wore evening dresses by fashion designer Carole Lee, of Long Bennington.

• Hunt saboteurs failed to disrupt the National Beagling Day meet of the Per Ardua Beagles at Staunton.

Around half a dozen protesters, brandishing hunting horns, tracked the hunt and tried to distract the hounds.

• The choir from a Balderton school is to perform on television with award-winning singer Sarah Jory.

Chuter Ede Primary School choir will join Sarah at the Yorkshire Television studios in Leeds to record Christmas songs for the Tonight Programme and A Yorkshire Christmas.

50 years ago – December 1, 1973

Barnbygate Methodist Church Christmas Fair - December 1973.
Barnbygate Methodist Church Christmas Fair - December 1973.

ABOVE: Looks of anticipation from Sally Robinson, 7, and Penny Reed, 11, as they take a lucky dip at Barnbygate Methodist Church Christmas fair.

• The traditions of Newark, its Mayor, regalia and plate are safe. An overwhelming vote by Newark District Council against opting for borough status gave the town the go-ahead to take the next step in retaining its heritage.

On Monday, the town council meets in a special session to decide just what that step will be, and the most likely outcome will be a vote in favour of applying for parish status.

• A shortage of galvanised iron is leading to a dustbin crisis for local authorities.

Southwell RDC’s housing committee were told their housing manager had approached a number of suppliers without success. The cost of a dustbin has increased from £2.45 to more than £4 excluding VAT.

The council now has no dustbins at all in stock and cannot meet tenants’ requests for replacements.

• Newark’s Mayor, Alderman Mrs Elizabeth Yorke, went to Lincoln’s civic ball in a Morris Oxford instead of the usual 12mpg Austin Princess.

Notts County Council chairman Mrs Anne Yates has swapped her Rolls for a Ford Escort during the petrol crisis.

• While Miss Lynn Church, 15, of The Hearty Goodfellow, Southwell, was watching Uri Geller, the Israeli mystery man, on television her wrist watch stopped.

But while watching Geller again on Blue Peter, the watch started ticking again and has gone perfectly ever since.

“Coincidence? I suppose it could be,” said her mother, Mrs Dennis Church.

100 years ago – November 28, 1923

A whist drive and dance was held in the Public Hall at Collingham and over 110 sat down for whist.

The occasion was for raising a fund to provide new lamps for Langford Church, where there have been no evening services in the winter time.

The new vicar is contemplating holding services in the winter, hence the necessity for lighting up the church.

• A galaxy of tempting things, from handkerchiefs to a baby elephant, delicately shaded stalls, a busy throng and merry chatter comprised the scene in Newark Town Hall for the Parish Church bazaar.

• The Marquis of Titchfield commenced his campaign with a tour of the villages of the Division.

At every place he was greeted with hearty applause, which testified to his popularity as the champion of the Conservative cause in the ‘true blue’ Division of Newark.

• Yesterday morning the American stations transmitted to this country and were picked up in many places, including in Newark, where Mr W. P. L. Harrison heard the first station speaking from New York in a strong American accent call up England.

A message of greeting was followed by a band playing English airs after which an American gave a speech.

• The third annual exhibition of poultry and rabbits in connection with the Southwell and District Fanciers Association was held in the Drill Hall, Southwell.

There was a fine collection of exhibits staged, several of them being champion birds, and a big attendance of the public pronounced the exhibition a great success.



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