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What was making the news in the Newark Advertiser in 1923, 1973 and 1998

The Advertiser has opened its archives to see what was making the news this week 25, 50 and 100 years ago.

Does it bring back any memories for you?

25 years ago – April 24, 1998

Yorke Drive carnival parade preparation from April 1998
Yorke Drive carnival parade preparation from April 1998

Above: Children living on Newark’s Yorke Drive estate have been putting their spare time to good use.

They have spent three days working on their own carnival creations as a trial run for a larger event planned for the summer.

Young people aged ten to 17 took part and paraded their work around the estate on Saturday, watched by family and friends.

Children were encouraged to work on their own interpretations of the subject of myths.

Newark MP Mrs Fiona Jones and her election agent Mr Des Whicher are to appear before magistrates next month.

Mrs Jones, 40, and Mr Whicher, 72, are to be prosecuted under the Representation Of The People Act 1983, which governs election law.

They are to be summoned concerning an alleged inaccurate return relating to last May’s General Election.

Actor Robert Powell, perhaps best known nowadays for his role opposite Jasper Carrott in the hit BBC comedy series The Detectives, made a special guest appearance at Newark and Sherwood College.

He was quizzed by theatre and media arts students interested in careers in the film and television industry.

The oldest of Collingham’s three pubs, the King’s Head, has been sold and will be closed for the summer while a major refurbishment is carried out.

The improvements to the High Street free house will create around a dozen jobs.

Aviators from across the country travelled to Newark Air Museum for a powered paragliding event.

The event was the first of the year for the British Powered Paragliding Association.

High winds and rain on the first day kept the flyers grounded until late afternoon but when winds abated, most managed to get airborne at last.

50 years ago – April 28, 1973

Cycle racing in Newark town centre from May 1973
Cycle racing in Newark town centre from May 1973

Above: Rain nearly washed out Newark’s Easter cycling spree. Nearly 4,000 people braved the dreary weather, lured by the purospect of top-class cycling and a colourful array of side attractions in the Market Place.

Racing on the circuit continued all afternoon and when the cyclists were not battling, novelty race competitors took over.

These included a Scouts’ race on Chopper bikes, a go-kart championship and pram race.

At least 3,000 engineering workers in the Newark area will down tools to join the TUC’s May Day protest against government policies.

Union action will close the two main factories, Ransome Hoffmann Pollard and Worthington-Simpson, although white collar workers at each of the firms will be asked to work normally.

More than 2,000 shop floor workers at RHP will be involved in the stoppage and will lose a day’s pay. More than 750 workers will be idle at Worthington-Simpson.

Civil servant Mr Bob Foulds, of Southwell, is the champion pipe smoker of Britain for a second year running.

He defended the title by keeping a clay church-warden pipe alight for 121 minutes 16 seconds on one filling of roughcut tobacco.As well as the title, he won a prize of £1,000 and a trophy.

When 20 boys from bomb-shattered Belfast first saw Newark this week the first thing they noticed was the absence of armoured cars.

The youngsters, both Catholic and Protestant, were relieved to be able to walk the streets without warnings from the parents and fears of bomb blasts.

The aim of the holiday is for them to forget Ireland and enjoy themselves.

They are sleeping at Kelham Hall and spending the says sightseeing.

100 years ago – April 25, 1923

The schedules for the Newark Show on May 14th and 15th have been distributed and entries are already coming in.

Both railway companies have consented to provide ample train facilities and exceptionally cheap trips will be run to Newark on the show days from a 60-mile radius.

In view of the confusion caused by the misunderstanding by some motorists of signals given by the constables on point duty in Newark, it has been decided that in future, to avoid any misunderstanding, only the ‘stop’ signals will be given.

This will hold up traffic one way to allow other vehicles to proceed.

The waving-on signal will be abolished.

About 80 members and supporters of Newark United FC Outing Club will visit London and the cup final on Saturday.

The party will arrive in London about 6.30am and the morning will be devoted to the ‘sights’. The cup final will occupy the afternoon and the theatres will be the attraction in the evening.

Tomorrow night, Holland’s Roundabout in Cupit’s Paddock will be run for the benefit of Newark Hospital.

Other showmen will help and it is hoped the paddock will be crowded to assist the work of the local institution.

Great success attended the rummage sale in the ballroom at Newark Town Hall in connection with the Newark and District Nursing Association.

The sale opened at 2 o’clock and within an hour and a half every stall was cleared, with the result that £42 15s 4d was raised.

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