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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 – June 4, 1999

Johnny Ball at Staythorpe National Grid's open day in June 1999
Johnny Ball at Staythorpe National Grid's open day in June 1999

ABOVE: More than 500 children, residents of neighbouring villages and civic heads were guests at an open day staged by the National Grid’s Staythorpe Substation.

Highlight of the visit for pupils from St Peter’s Primary School, Farndon, and from Bleasby and Averham primary schools were performances of an educational roadshow written by science publicist Johnny Ball.

• Chocolate maker Peel and Bowler Ltd of Newark has gone into voluntary liquidation with the loss of 30 jobs.

The family firm, established in 1953, has closed owing creditors £½m.

The company was a leading supplier of chocolate products, such as Easter eggs and children’s Christmas novelties, to supermarket chains.

• Wembley bureaucrats have been accused of denying 45 youngsters a dream trip to see their England football heroes.

The party of youngsters and five adults from the FA-affiliated Sutton-on-Trent Sports Club were due to travel to the capital to see the crunch European championship qualifying match against Sweden.

But despite requesting seats for the game six months ago – the club learned its application for tickets had been unsuccessful. This was despite reassurances that applications were dealt with on a first come, first-served basis.

• Newark’s fourth annual beer festival was declared a resounding success by organisers who toasted a sell-out at the new venue of Riverside Park.

Newark Campaign For Real Ale said 17,280 half-pint measures were served at the three-day festival. It ran out of beer an hour before its scheduled close.

50 years ago – June 18, 1974

Southwell Minster Fete: June 1974.
Southwell Minster Fete: June 1974.

ABOVE: Jeremy Gleaden, 12, swings into action on one of the sideshows at a garden fete organised by the Friends of Southwell Minster Grammar School.

Newark Town Band played throughout the afternoon and a gymnastic displays was given by boys from Lowdham Grange.

• More than 50 parents of children who attend Magnus Grammar and Lilley and Stone Girls’ High Schools, Newark, met to organise a fight against the schools being made comprehensive.

Their first move was to form a committee to organise a petition which will be presented to the Secretary of State for Education and Science, Mr Reg Prentice.

Parents were urged to stand for election for county councils so they could raise their voices in protest.

• A decision by Newark District Council to leave stalls in the Market Place all week because of a shortage of labour to take them down was strongly criticised.

Mr Richard Lamb said the old Newark Corporation could always get labour and he felt this was another case where Newark was going to take second best.

He said a lot of people used the market square to park their cars and he felt a duty was owed to the people of Newark to have the market place semi cleared.

• A team of Newark Round Table members spent most of Sunday helping to board up shattered windows in the village of Flixborough – devastated by the explosion at the Nypro chemical works – and fixing tarpaulins where roofs and walls were missing.

Their chairman telephoned the chairman of Scunthorpe Round Table as soon as he heard of the disaster and offered to organise financial or other help. He was told volunteers to carry out temporary repairs were most needed.

And so eight members set off on Sunday with a large quantity of nails given by a local builder.

100 years ago – June 4, 1924

Subject to agreement agreement on the part of the Newark Education Committee, who own a portion of the site, the Notts Education Committee have agreed to let the Chauntry Park to the Town Council for use as an open space at an annual rental of £10.

• The Notts New Friendly Association for the Prosecution of Felons held its annual meeting at the Robin Hood Hotel.

A hundred posters were ordered to be printed warning evil-doers of the consequences of doing damage to property of any member of the association.

• Mr William Mullenger was cycling on Beast Market Hill, Newark, in the direction of the Midland Station when he collided with a car.

When Mr Mullenger saw that he was unable to avoid a collision he jumped from his cycle and landed on the bonnet of the car!

He thus escaped severe injuries as the car passed over the cycle.

• There should be gay doings at Wellow on June 10th when there will be dancing round the maypole on the spacious green.

There will also be country dancing by children and in addition to other events there will be bowling for a pig, skittles and other rural sports.

• An enthusiastic meeting on behalf of the Anti-Socialist cause was held at the Market Cross, Bingham, where vigorous speeches were given.

• There should be a very enjoyable afternoon’s racing on Whit Saturday over the popular Rolleston Course, which is fast regaining its old-time popularity with Midlanders.

Midland Railway are running additional trains to cope with the traffic from Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Mansfield, Lincoln, Leicester and Derby.

Visitors by road should travel early to avoid delays at the railway crossing when the trains are arriving.

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