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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 – April 16,1999

Newark barber John Cree retires in April 1999.
Newark barber John Cree retires in April 1999.

ABOVE: The final parting has arrived for Newark and its longest-serving barber.

A few days short of his 60th birthday, Mr John Cree closed his barber shop at 93 Baldertongate for the last time.

He started in the trade in 1954 as an apprentice to the late Mr Len Curt at his barbershop at 8 Barnbygate, moving to Baldertongate in 1957.

• Fiona Jones is expected to retake her House of Commons seat as MP for Newark after her election fraud was quashed during a day of high drama at the Court of Appeal.

Outside court Mrs Jones said it had been a very difficult time for her but she was looking forward to taking her seat in the House of Commons again.

The court also quashed the conviction on a similar charge of her agent for the 1997 General Election, Mr Des Whicher.

• A decision by Newark and Sherwood District Council to pay £995 to join a group preparing for the introduction of the euro has been attacked as an excuse to join a local government gravy train.

The euro forum for local councils organised by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy will be launched next month.

But Conservative group leader Mr David Payne described the council’s decision to join it at this stage as a waste of public money.

• Newark needs a radical facelift for the millennium if it is to grow as a tourist centre, according to the town’s civic trust.

The say the splendours of the town are let down by the appearance of one of the main shopping streets, the poor provision of arts and crafts, mobility and access to the town, and the fact there are so many eyesores.

• A new Southwell-based charity has set itself a £1m target to improve the quality of life of people with learning difficulties.

More than 100 people attended the launch of the Southwell Care Project in the Great Hall of Southwell Minster.

The project aims to provide homes in the Southwell area for people with learning disabilities aged 20 and over, and enable them to lead more fulfilling lives through greater communityh involvement.

50 years ago – April 20, 1974

Easter Round The Town Cycle Races in Newark Market Place in April 1974.
Easter Round The Town Cycle Races in Newark Market Place in April 1974.

ABOVE: More than 4,000 people watched Newark’s Round The Town Cycle Races on Easter Monday and the organisers, Newark Rotary Club, is hoping to make about £1,000 for charity.

The professional race proved second time lucky for Raleigh rider Trevor Bull. In last year’s race, victory seemed within his grasp until he fell with only ten minutes remaining. But on Monday he made no mistake, winning a close race in fine style.

• Ambitious plans have been made for the opening of the Palace arts and leisure centre, and there will be something for everyone according to the director, Mr Richard Walton.

Mr Welton said the conversion of the building in Appletongate was on schedule and the festivities would start on September 28.

For those organisations planning to use the centre, costs are reasonable, from £1 for a small committee room to £50 for the main auditorium.

• Showjumper Harvey Smith will give his Newark fans an extra treat when he takes part in a wrestling match at the Grove Sports Centre, Balderton.

For Harvey, who is understood to be competing at Newark and Notts Show on the same day, will strip off his riding clothes and don bathing trunks to climb into the ring with catchweight Earl McCready.

• Accidents over Easter in Notts were down on last year. A police spokesman said this was due to there being fewer cars on the road and a higher standard of driving.

There were 42 accidents this year compared with 52 last year.

100 years ago – April 16, 1924

The Balderton Junior and Infants’ School, which provides accommodation of 300 scholars, is heated solely by means of open fires. As this system is expensive and not sufficient for the needs of the school, the Notts Education Committee is installing a low pressure heating apparatus at an estimated cost of £400.

• Arrangements have been made at the Palace Theatre, Newark, of the King’s speech at opening of the British Empire Exhibition, Wembley, to be broadcast.

Admission will be free. The wireless arrangements will be in charge of Messrs Harrison and Co.

• People approaching the Fiskerton Road and Farndon Lane corner over the weekend were surprised to see a steam roller seemingly trying, with partial success, to climb a sturdy hawthorn tree.

The road at this point in undergoing repairs and on Friday morning the steam regulator of the roller burst with the result that the driver was powerless to stop his charge.

The actual roller itself snapped from the rest of the engine on hitting the tree and the body mounting the roller eventually came to rest in the heart of the tree.

• The Southwell Easter Saturday races is probably the most popular of the year and since the last meeting more improvements have been effected.

The motor enclosure has been enlarged and will now accommodate hundreds of cars, and an additional stand has been erected in the paddock, which will afford an excellent view to between 300 and 400 more people.

There is plenty of material for good racing and fine weather should probably make the meeting a record one.

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