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Disappointed by Newark town centre

On returning to my place of birth, Newark, for the first time in nearly 40 years with my Spanish wife, I was disappointed to say the least.

We first visited the Market Place, which I had talked about many times to my wife and many of my Spanish amigos, saying how wonderful it was, full of stalls and sellers.

What a shock! Only six stalls.

I didn’t know where to hide my face. My wife first smiled, and then shook her head.

I was interested in Newark’s dance halls and pop groups in the 1970s and I got talking to an elderly chap about this.

Like me, he remembered the Town Hall, The Blue Rooms (in Market Place) The Corn Exchange and many village dances. All gone, he said.

My wife was impressed with the old castle and wonderful church.

We visited The Malt Shovel pub, one I remembered. Nice beer, but no jukebox.

I bought an Advertiser. I asked for The Herald but was told that was long gone.

I am writing this in a coffee shop in the Market Place. I sent my wife to look inMarks and Spencer and Woolworths but I have just been told both have gone.

I am disappointed at the decline of a one lovely town. ­— M. Rogers, Murcia, Spain.

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