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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.

25 years ago – December 11, 1998

Children prepare for Newark's community play in December 1998.
Children prepare for Newark's community play in December 1998.

ABOVE: A community play written and devised in three weeks will be performed at Hawtonville Community Centre, Newark.

Pictured rehearsing for the play are Warren Hill, 9, Rebecca Guthrie, 10, Aaron Gray, 10m Rachael Guthrie, 10, Angelina Andrews, 8, Howard Newport, 10, and Steven Gray, 8.

The play, which involves about 40 people, has been supervised by the Nearly Instant Theatre Session Company led by Carolyn Drury.

• Plans for a new driving test centre in Newark have been submitted to the Driving Standards Agency and could herald the return of tests to Newark.

Newark driving instructors have clubbed together to pay for the plans to be drawn up at a cost of about £400.

The plans are for a site owned by Eurotech Environmental on Newark Industrial Estate.

• The Sunday switch-on of Newark’s Christmas lights proved a hit as crowds packed Newark Market Place.

The switch-on was moved from a Thursday evening to a Sunday this year and one reason for the change was to reflect the growing trend in Sunday shopping.

The switch-on and fireworks display came towards the end of a day of entertainment in the Market Place, rather than launching the entertainment, charity market and late-night shopping.

• The choir of Southwell Minster has a busy singing schedule over Christmas, including television performances of carols.

The choir was filmed singing five of the most popular carols in the minster and the five performances will be broadcast after the news bulletins on Central Television on the five days before Christmas.

50 years ago – December 15, 1973

Children at Bowbridge Infants' School, Newark, perform their Christmas play in December 1973.
Children at Bowbridge Infants' School, Newark, perform their Christmas play in December 1973.

ABOVE: A peep around the totem pole for Rupert Mather, 6, and Maralina Warriner, 6, at Bowbridge Road Infants’ School concert.

Rupert and Maralina were Indians in the concert, the theme of which was Children Around The World.

• Traders faced with less in the tills as the crisis cuts bite are determined to overcome power curbs, although it may mean shopping by candlelight.

President of Newark and District Chamber of Trade Mr Ian Kirkman said the five days of electricity allowed in the next fortnight would probably be used on the four days before Christmas and for New Year’s Eve.

Industries other than food are hardest hit and are this weekend working out just what five days of electricity in the next fortnight means for them.

Newark’s biggest employer, Ransome Hoffmann Pollard are planning to work a full five days next week.

• Youngsters are in for an ear-splitting Christmas in discotheque-style clubs and halls as there has been no response to a plea to keep the noise down.

Notts Community Council has warned all organised groups using village halls and community organisations that too-loud music in the premises during discos could help produce a deaf generation.

Thousands of young people are being exposed to damaging levels of music.

• To mark 60 years of Scouting, a tree was planted in the Friary grounds at Newark.

Members of the 5th Newark (Friary) Scout Group watched on while Lieutenant-Colonel Sam Derry, president of the Newark and District Scout Council, planted the tree near to the Scout headquarters.

100 years ago – December 12, 1923

Remaining true to traditions, the Newark Division returned a Conservative, the Marquis of Titchfield, in Friday’s General Election.

The result was a foregone conclusion and perhaps this led to a little apathy on the part of Conservative voters.

It was known that the result would be declared at an earlier hour than last year, owing to improved arrangements for the counting, but the end came earlier than the townspeople had imagined, and the result was that only a small crowd assembled beneath the balcony of the Town Hall for the declaration.

There was much excitement in Southwell when the result of the poll was known.

A large crowd gathered in front of the Committee Rooms and rousing cheers greeted the member and his lady as they alighted from their car.

• Elston is proud to record that four of her veterans, whose united ages amounted to 326 years, took their journey to Flintham polling station to vote.

Thanks are due to Colonel Darwin, whose car was utilised for that purpose.

• Prospecting for coal in the Newark district is about to commence on a commercial scale, a company having been formed in Doncaster with the title of the Lincolnshire Boring Syndicate Ltd.

The spot at which boring is to be begun – almost immediately – is at Doddington, 12 miles from Newark, and the company believes that valuable seams of coal exist there.

• Mr E. Longmore, who retires at the end of January, gave a splendid rendering of Comfort Ye out of The Messiah at Southwell Minster.

Although Mr Longmore is well advanced in year, he sang with perfect ease and charm, giving great pleasure to a large congregation.

It is believed this is the 43rd time Mr Longmore has rendered this classical piece of music in the minster on Advent Sunday.



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