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Bygones: Stories from the Newark Advertiser from years gone by, including a new park on Lincoln Road, and a fundraiser for a Crimean War veteran

A round-up of what was making the news in the Advertiser 25, 50 and 100 years ago.

It includes a Yorke Drive football team, a new play park on Lincoln Road, Newark, and a concert to help a Crimean War veteran.

Do you recognise anyone in the nativity pictures?


25 years ago ­— December 16, 1994

ABOVE: Young shepherds from Newark’s Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Primary School tended a sheep in Newark Parish Church.

Laura Moor, 5, and Ryan Allen, 6, were among about 20 pupils from their school who put on a play telling the shepherds’ story.

The sheep, a goat and a donkey were lent by Mr Tim Clarke, from the White Post Modern Farm Centre, Farnsfield.

Mayor of Newark Des Whicher has defended proposals to alter the front of Newark Town Hall.

The idea to extend the front steps into the Market Place to increase the Buttermarket’s impact on shoppers has come under fire.

Developers Crown Life want to create a platform three steps high to extend into Market Place with access ramps for the disabled on both sides.

Mr Whicher said the council believed a more dignified front to the Town Hall could be created and the platform would be ideal for parades.

The chance finding of a football following a complaint that youngsters in Yorke Drive, Newark, had nothing to do, has really set the ball rolling.

Just three months after it was formed, Yorkey One FC is playing friendly matches and hopes to play league football next season.

Joint managers are Mr Dave Scrimshaw and Mr Billy Sullivan.

The gamble to quit his job and head for a career on stage is paying off for a Newark man who has performed in front of thousands with Cliff Richard.

Mr Will Gracie, 23, of Cleveland Square, danced in the half-time show at the first rugby league test between Great Britain and Australia at Wembley, after giving up his job with Marks and Spencer.


50 years ago ­— December 20, 1969

ABOVE: Thank heaven for little girls ­— and boys too, of course. That’s the thought that comes to mind when you look at this delightful collection of angels and shepherds, pupils at Farndon Nursery School, who staged a nativity play in the village hall.

The worst unemployment figure for Newark and district since the end of the war ­— 728 men and women, representing 3.6% of the working population.

In a break-down by industries included, building and civil engineering was 243 men, agriculture 28, food and drink 39, engineering 47, transport and communications 35.

Opening the new £600 adventure playground on Newark’s Lincoln Road playing field, the Mayor of Newark, Mr Leslie Carswell, appealed to residents to help the town combat any vandalism.

Mr Carswell said the recreation centre would be a tremendous asset to the Bridge ward, where there were lots of children with nowhere to play safely.

A dance was organised for members of Southwell Minster Youth Fellowship in Trebeck Hall.

Dancing was to James Pitman’s discotheque.

Despite a second application by the parish council to have Old and New Balderton merged into one postal district, the answer from the post office is still “no”.

Chairman Mr Denis Mills told a meeting that some letters delivered to him took two days or more because they had the wrong prefix to Balderton.

A rare treat is provided for Newarkers this Christmas in the shape of a visit by the Notts Forest second division team.

Forest will play an exhibition match, the proceeds being for the laudable object of aiding the funds of the Notts Benevolent Fund for injured players.

The Forest have no league fixture so will place their full first team in the field.

More than 100 people attended a dance in Collingham Memorial Hall organised by Peppers Discotheque.

In addition to the disco, there was music by a group, The Western Union.

100 years ago ­— December 17, 1919

Newark Urban District Council discussed the provision of allotments in Newark.

Mr H. Brown said there looked like being a great cry for allotments. Two-hundred were now waiting, and this was the time for the men to get them if they were to do any good.

The Southwell branch of Demobilised Sailors And Soldiers gave a successful concert at the Admiral Rodney Hotel in aid of the funds being raised by them to assist Mr Daniel Domerrick, an old Crimean veteran of 90, who is now blind.

It is hoped to raise about £40.

In connection with the Mayor’s Children’s Ball, a juvenile class will commence at the Mikado Dancing School, Newark, on Boxing Day.

The continued success of the Southwell Traders’ Association was emphasised at the annual dinner.

The president, Mr Dowse, said the town had never looked better than at the present time and, considering the six years of stress and strain, much credit was due to them.

As for the trade of Southwell, he ventured to say they compared favourably with all similar towns in the country. The traders had done their best under the circumstances.


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