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What was making the news in the Newark Advertiser in 1924, 1974 and 1999





The Advertiser has opened its archives to see what was making the news this week 25, 50 and 100 years ago.

25 years ago – March 5, 1999

British Waterways move offices in Newark by boat along the Trent in March 1999.
British Waterways move offices in Newark by boat along the Trent in March 1999.

ABOVE: When it comes to moving from old offices to new the British Waterways staff decided to go by river.

The move down the River Trent from Newark Town Lock to the Kiln Warehouse could not have been simpler.

A boat was loaded and cruised down river without any worries of a traffic jam.

• Talks are taking place over proposed shift changes at a Newark food company.

There was a sit-in protest by workers in the canteen at The Dessert Company on Brunel Drive.

The company has won orders for more fresh food products from leading supermarket chains that need to be manufactured and packed on the same day ready for delivery the next morning.

To do this, the five-day working week would change to a 24-hour, seven-day operation.

• An appeal for information about a mysterious concrete military bunker in Newark has produced a massive response.

Mr Robert Mallory was recording the bunker as part of the national Defence of Britain project and asked Advertiser readers for help before it was destroyed to make way for a new housing development off Beacon Hill Road.

He has confirmed the bunker was one of several built on top of the hill during the first world war by the Royal Engineers.

• A traffic clampdown should be enough to solve a dangerous parking problem in Southwell. The all-clear was given to a package of safety measures for Church Street.

The long-running problem is caused by vehicles parking on a double bend near the Minster School, meaning drivers are forced into the centre of the road.

Nottinghamshire County Council drew up the plan to introduce double yellow lines along both sides of the double bend.

• A party in Newark Library marked the area launch of the one of the largest early-learning projects in the country.

The Nottinghamshire Books for Babies scheme is aimed at introducing children to books at an early age to help with language development of numeracy skills.

More than 70 mothers and children joined the library while at the party.

50 years ago – March 9, 1974

Members of Newark Youth Wing strip wallpaper at a house on Carlton Road. March 1974
Members of Newark Youth Wing strip wallpaper at a house on Carlton Road. March 1974

ABOVE: No, these are not teenage vandals at work. They are youngsters from the Newark Youth Wing finding a very worthwhile job for themselves during intervals between lessons at Sconce Hills School.

Anthony Joynes, David Norton, Raymond Watson and Philip Wood are stripping wallpaper of the walls of a house in Carlton Road in readiness for re-decoration by members of the wing.

When it is ship-shape it will be used to accommodate Balderton Hospital patients.

• A Southwell businessman, one of 90 passengers on the hijacked British Airways’ VC10 has paid tribute to the bravery of the crew.

Mr Stephen Southwell reunited with his wife and daughter after the nightmare journey ended in Amsterdam.

He said: “When we first realised what was happening my main reaction was one of annoyance because all I could really think about was that I wanted to get back because I had been delayed on my trip.

“But when the bombs were placed and the hijacker in the cabin started splashing the whisky about, I became really apprehensive because I thought he was going to blow the thing up.”

• Notts and former Newark Rugby Club full-back Dusty Hare makes his England debut against Wales at Twickenham next Saturday.

An all-round sportsman, who plays cricket for Notts and Sunday League soccer, he was reserve with the England squad against France last weekend.

He works for his parents on their farm at South Clifton.

• When the Palace Arts and Leisure Centre opens the former frozen foods shop that is part of the building will be used as a ticket office.

• A new £1m computer system, designed to serve the new Notts County Council and the new district councils, is to be officially inaugurated.

The computer system is housed in a new purpose-built accommodation on the county council headquarters site at Trent Bridge, which cost £250,000.

100 years ago – March 5, 1924

The Joint Advisory Committee of the Notts Education Committee have had under consideration the teaching of script writing in schools.

After considering the matter and hearing the evidence of teachers in infants, junior and upper standard schools, the committee recommend that the teaching of script writing continues in infants’ departments and classes.

They also recommend that headteachers be required to ensure that children are reasonably proficient in the cursive system of writing by the end of the period they spend in Standard III.

• Several willing helpers spent much time serving about 100 poor children from Christ Church Schools a dinner from funds provided by New Zealand children from their Christmas parties.

After all were supplied, many old and infirm people were also invited to partake of the hospitality.

• In the long list of successful bazaars and sales of work held from time to time in Newark Town Hall, Thursday’s function for St Leonard’s Church will take a foremost position.

The stalls with their profusion of tempting goods showed that many hours of hard work had been put in by the helpers and the large attendance assured that their services would be rewarded.

• The annual tea and entertainment in connection with Holy Trinity Church took place.

The schoolroom looked charming in its festive attire and was filled to overflowing for the tea, which was admirably served and much enjoyed.

Entertainment in the evening consisted of songs, readings, duets, pianoforte solos and hand-bell ringing.



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