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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 – April 22, 1999

Balderton Band Face 2 Face in 1999.
Balderton Band Face 2 Face in 1999.

ABOVE: Three teenagers who formed their own pop group, Face 2 Face, have recorded their first CD.

The group are guitarist Michael Godber, 16, of Balderton, singer Dion White, 17, of Newark, and drummer James Fulcher, 16, of Balderton.

Their CD, recorded at Mansfield, features their own songs and cover versions of classics by Michael Jackson and Eric Clapton.

• A mother has won a battler with Government defence chiefs to ban low-flying aircraft from her neighbourhood.

Mrs Paula Nichols, of The Ivies, off Farndon Road, Newark, complained to RAF chiefs after enduring a summer of misery last year with jets tearing through the sky above her home at altitudes as low as 250ft.

She has now received a letter informing her a ‘weather corridor’ was going to be introduced to reduce the impact of military low-flying.

• There is already a waiting list for moorings in the 130-berth Newark Marina planned by British Waterways.

The £900,000 development beside the River Trent opposite the old Northgate Brewery will take two years to complete.

• Canoeists and sailors could soon be a common sight on Balderton Lake.

Balderton Parish Council, which owns the lake, is backing proposals by Nottinghamshire County Council to turn the area into a watersports centre.

The activities would operate from an adventure base in a purpose-built pavilion at the lakeside.

• Plans have been drawn up to transform a Georgian former school building in Southwell into an education centre.

If given permission, it would play a major part in Southwell Minster’s strategy to turn the town into a centre of mission and spirituality for Nottinghamshire.

The centre would be created in the former collegiate school building behind Midland Bank in Church Street.

50 years ago – April 27, 1974

Southwell homes being converted to Natural Gas in April 1974.
Southwell homes being converted to Natural Gas in April 1974.

ABOVE: Work has started on the conversion to North Sea gas of 30,000 appliances in the Newark district.

Primary heating is done first, followed by cookers, other heating appliances and miscellaneous equipment.

Mrs Margaret Mountford, of Southwell, is instructed in the use of natural gas by fitter Mr Chris Whiting.

• Alarmed at the increase in damage to shopkeepers' property by vandals, Newark and District Chamber of Trade is to propose that corporal punishment should be reintroduced.

The motion will be put before the National Chamber of Trade at its annual conference.

It calls for community service for first offenders and juveniles and corporal punishment to be reintroduced to deal with persistent offenders.

• Newark bookmaker Mr Wilfred Pennington applied unsuccessfully for the renewal of a licence for a betting shop at 42 Kirkgate.

His application was refused after magistrates heard the office had been temporarily closed since June.

Mr Pennington said the branch was useful for business and professional people who might not wish to be seen entering an obvious betting shop from the main street. It was entered discreetly through a side door in a passage leading to Queen’s Head Court.

• Hewitt Bros Ltd have applied for outline planning permission to build a licensed premises at the junction of Kirkby Way and Lower Kirklington Road, Southwell.

• A small farmhouse with five acres of grassland was sold for £13,500 at an auction conducted by Edwards Bailey and Sons, of Newark.

At the same sale a cottage at 7 Queen Street, Balderton, made £9,000.

100 years ago – April 23, 1924

A meeting of the Southwell Committee of the Traders’ Association was held at the Saracen’s Head Hotel when the question of closing the shops on Saturday, May 24th, with a view of allowing the assistants the opportunity of visiting the Exhibition at Wembley was considered.

It was pointed out that this was the only date the LM and S Company could run a through train from Southwell and, after discussion, it was agreed to recommend the closing of the shops for the whole of that day.

• The mammoth British Empire Exhibition at Wembley will be opened by the King. Arrangements have been made for broadcasting this historic speech and Newarkers will be able to join the vast audience ‘listening in’.

For the benefit of those people unable to listen in on private sets, the Daily Mail and Marconiphone Co have arranged for the reception of the speech at the Palace Theatre, Newark.

The theatre will be opened at 10am and admission is free. In charge of the wireless apparatus is Messrs Harrison and Co.

• There was a pretty scene in Newark Town Hall when the Children’s Gala Ball in aid of the Newark Hospital took place.

Music was by Mr Jo Longdon’s band and the favours distributed by the young people provided quite a carnival atmosphere.

• In addition to hundreds who went by road, two packed trains of great length carried upwards of 1,400 supporters by the Midland to see the Newark Blues play their final tie in the Notts Senior Cup, when they lost 1-0 to Sutton Town at the City Ground, Nottingham.

Amongst a big concourse of spectators, estimated at about 5,250, were the chief officials of the Notts Football Association and a number of the Notts and Forest players.

• A whist drive and dance was held in the Public Hall, Collingham, promoted by the football club for the benefit of one of its prominent players, Frank Shaw, who had the misfortune to break his leg in a match.

Although late in the season, a good number attended, 24 tables being occupied.

A large number of people turned up for the dancing, which was kept up to a late hour.

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