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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 – December 4, 1998

Newark High School fashion show for Newark and District Hospice Aid, December 1998.
Newark High School fashion show for Newark and District Hospice Aid, December 1998.

ABOVE: A charity fashion show organised by pupils of Newark High School raised more than £200 for Newark and District Hospice Aid.

The event featured clothes from Harriets of Cartergate, Newark.

Models included pupils from the school, some of the shop’s regular customers and hospice aid publicity officer Mrs Penny Smith.

• Newark is losing business to other areas because of a lack of sufficient water supplies to industrial users, says a town business leader.

In reply, Severn Trent Water chief Vic Cocker said he was aware of difficulties and a £75,000 feasibility study to be carried out would hopefully be followed by a £2m scheme that would increase the flow of water over the Kelham and Newark Town bridges.

• New plans to convert and extend the Wharf cafe in Newark to create a Pizza Express drive-through fast-food takeaway have been submitted.

The Gateways To Newark Partnership is giving £25,000 towards environmental improvements to the Wharf cafe project. These include outside works, terracing, and footpaths and are aimed at helping to bring the derelict building back into use.

• A small Newark firm beat off competition from much bigger rivals to become the first UK company to win the best product award at an international trade competition in Dallas, Texas.

Rototek's winning product, judged by the Association of Rotomoulders, was an internally-illuminated road sign comprising a one-piece, two-colour moulding using a process patented by Rototek

• A 40mph speed limit is likely to be imposed on the A46 through Farndon – but there is still no chance of traffic lights for the village crossroads.

50 years ago – December 8, 1973

Farndon Cubs Mince Pies Moot from December 1973.
Farndon Cubs Mince Pies Moot from December 1973.

ABOVE: Paul Smith, 9, and Paul Farr, 8, of 1st Farndon Scout Group, take full advantage of their group’s Mince Pie Moot in the village hall.

The event was attended by 250 people are more than £140 was raised.

• Outline planning permission has been given for a hotel, covered sports centre and exhibition arena and improved open showground facilities on the Newark and Notts Showground at Winthorpe, which could make the county showground a major leisure and conference centre in the East Midlands.

Initially, the two-storey hotel is expected to have about 100 bedrooms with the usual range of public assembly rooms.

The arena will have seating for 15,000 people, restaurants, bars and commentary positions.

• A fire that swept through and completely gutted a large warehouse in Southwell belonging to the parcel delivery and removal firm of W. A. Rainbow and Sons is responsible of damage estimated to run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The basement of the building – built as a prison in 1867 – was rented to Key and Pell, dealers in agricultural chemicals. The fire released a poisonous chemical into the River Greet. Police warned everyone to keep away from the Greet.

• The cause of a fire that gutted a Newark furniture warehouse and did an estimated £¼m damage will remain a mystery.

Notts fire chiefs say the building and its contents were so badly burnt it was impossible to pinpoint the reason for the blaze that destroyed Queensway Warehouse in Appletongate.

• A strip of wallpaper believed to be at least 70 years old and found on the wall of the Wheatsheaf Inn, King Street, Southwell, is to be preserved by Mr Geoff Smith, who has a wallpaper and paint shop in Newark and lives in Southwell.

The paper was found during alterations at the inn and shows scenes from the coronation of Edward VII.

100 years ago – December 5, 1923

The Governors of the Newark Girls’ High School have called attention to the very serious overcrowding and have asked that some steps shall be taken to relieve it.

In the Scheme of Secondary Education for the County Area, the committee decided that the interests of Newark would be best served by the erection of a new Technical School, and that the present School of Science and Art should be handed over to the Governors of the Girls’ High School.

• An inquiry into the Newark Corporation’s application for an Order for electricity supply took place at the Tudor Hall.

The Town Clerk explained that the scheme was for a two 1,500KW set, costing over £100,000.

The corporation felt that Newark was bound to develop industrially but the corporation had “that distressing experience” that firms would not come here owing to the absence of the electric supply.

The corporation was anxious to own such a supply, they felt the matter should not be managed privately.

Several companies said they had their own supply and were not likely to be a consumer of a town supply.

• That tomorrow’s General Election will be assisted very materially by the vote of the women is a recognised fact, and the women of the Conservative Party are freely prepared for the fray.

The organisations of the three wards arranged a mass meeting in the Beaumond Hall and there was a full house to hear the various speakers.

• The Scots’ undying love for ‘Caledonia stern and wild’ was again shown in Newark when the St Andrew’s dinner was held.

The enjoyable function arranged in honour of Scotland’s patron saint was under the auspices of the Newark Caledonian Society.

A large company of ‘braw lads and lassies’ and a number of English guests assembled in the town hall.

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