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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 26, 1999

Goods donated to Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Newark, from Ollerton, to be sent to Albania.
Goods donated to Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Newark, from Ollerton, to be sent to Albania.

ABOVE: The latest lorry-load of aid is set to leave Newark for Albania.

Mr John Lynch, chairman of an aid committee set up at Newark’s Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, will make his sixth trip to Europe’s poorest nation.

Pictured with some of the goods collected at Ollerton Village Hall are Mr Lynch, Mrs Joan Seager (centre) and Mrs Cora Lynch.

• A defiant Fiona Jones made it clear she would fight on to clear her name – and said the case could even end up in the European Court of Human Rights.

Mrs Jones immediately lost her seat when she was convicted of election fraud on Friday.

It was the first prosecution of its kind for years.

For Newark’s Labour MP – hailed as one of Blair’s babes when she won the seat from the Tories in 1997 – it was publicity she had not sought. When the verdicts were announced, it made headlines nationwide.

• Newark’s latest cyber cafe is attracting a stream of clients keen to access the internet, send and receive their own emails and play computer games.

Named The Backroom, the cafe is behind the shop at John Harris Computer Services in Kirkgate.

General manager Mr Martin Rollin said: “It has really taken off with most people interested in coming in to try their hand at surfing the net.”

• An idea for a bandstand to be the focal point of the refurbished Newark Castle grounds has struck the right note with Newark Town Council.

Newark and Sherwood District Council hopes to raise £15,000 from local organisations towards the £60,000 cost.

Work on the £703,000 castle grounds refurbishment will be completed next year and has so far included the demolition of the Beastmarket Hill lavatories to give a better view of the castle.

• Tickets for this year’s Newark and Nottinghamshire County Show have gone on sale and can be booked on a 24-hour credit card telephone line for the first time

50 years ago – March 30, 1974

Former Manchester and England footballer Ian Storey-Moore training with youngsters from Southwell United in March 1974.
Former Manchester and England footballer Ian Storey-Moore training with youngsters from Southwell United in March 1974.

ABOVE: Former England, Manchester United and Nottingham Forest footballer Ian Storey-Moore coached the young players of Southwell United at the Drill Hall, Southwell.

He is pictured talking soccer with the enthusiastic boys.

• Newark Trades Council have passed a resolution calling on Newark’s MP Mr Ted Bishop to oppose a move by Japanese ball bearing manufacturers to set up a factory in Britain.

Mr Ron Marshall, works covenor at RHP, Newark, told the meeting that if the Japanese firm was allowed to get a foothold in Britain it would threaten in the most serious manner the employment at RHP.

• Newark's first streaker has come and gone, and hardly raised a ripple.

The revelation, which took place on Trent Bridge, was, in fact, met by an overpowering wave of indifference.

The streaker, who was a little reluctant at first, was forcibly ejected from a passing car minus the greater part of his clothes, and left to shiver on the highway.

Abandoned to his fate, the young man made some effort to hide behind a traffic sign but soon realised that this was not altogether a success.

He was last seen looking for a hiding place down by the river.

• There is no news yet of plans for developing the Newark town centre corner site previously used by the department store Hamilton and Bell, but now the target for flystickers.

“Negotiations are taking place. Nothing has been decided but they are at a fairly advanced stage,” said a spokesman for the site’s London agents.

100 years ago – March 26, 1924

A largely attended parish meeting was held in the Girls’ Schoolroom, Collingham.

The question of street lighting for next winter was the important item, which attracted many people to attend, as for some time it has been felt a sad reflection on the intelligence of people that the streets should be in darkness and people compelled to grope their way about as best they could.

After a general discussion it was decided that the amount for street lighting be granted.

• At a meeting of Newark Urban Council it was resolved that the roads from London Road to Beacon Hill Road, as present known as Cherryholt Lane, Lodge Lane and Bedlam Lane, in future be known as Sherwood Avenue.

• As if that great national institution Lord John Sanger’s Circus had not already enough star turns, here they are in Newark again with an act unprecedented in circus history – no less than the performance of the justly-famed Royal Creams, direct from the Royal Stables.

Such horses have never before been seen in any ring and their repertory is wonderful.

Then there’s Annie the colossal comedienne and Betty the champion goal-kicker, and members of Sanger’s herd of football elephants.

• At a meeting of Southwell Parish Council the principal business was the question of cleaning up the streets on Saturday nights.

Many complaints have been received as to the very untidy condition of the main thoroughfares on Sundays.

The county council said there is a considerable amount of sweeping done in Southwell, in fact, more than any place in the county.

• The Old Drill Hall in Southwell has been acquired as a fire station and will shortly be taken over.

• Two Newark boys, aged 10 and 12, were remanded at a Children’s Court on a charge of breaking and entering the shop of Mr W. E. Lacy, Cartergate.

It is alleged they took three spinning tops valued at 1d each.

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