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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?

25 years ago – May 1, 1998

RIGHT: A new Balderton Scout and Guide Band played in public for the first time when they led the annual Newark and District Scours and Guides’ St George’s Day parade.

The 1st Balderton Scout and Guide Band had led the parade since 1977 but folded about two years ago.

Further plans have been announced for the redevelopment of Newark Town Wharf, which will bring new homes and jobs to the town.

The centrepiece will be the derelict Wharf Cafe, which will be transformed into a Continental-style cafe bar.

But the company behind the regeneration project, Bournston Developments Ltd, is also planning to convert Selecta House and the former Maltby’s premises on Bargate into 22 apartments.

The hydropool on the former Balderton Hospital site is there to stay, it was revealed.

An agreement that ensures the pool’s long-term future has finally been reached between Central Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, which runs the pool, and David Wilson Homes, which owns the hospital site and intends to use the land to create a new village.

There has been uncertainty over the pool’s future since the hospital shut down five years ago.

A firm in Long Bennington has completed its second order for Disney.

Artistic Iron Products was chosen two years ago to make the Cinderella coach for Disneyworld Florida.

Now the firm is sending 18 ornate 20ft-high iron flagpoles to decorate two cruise ships Disney is having built for the Florida theme park.

Youngsters have been clearing litter from sites in Newark as part of a National Spring Clean campaign.

Around 150 pupils from six town schools have been involved in the project run by Newark Town Council.

They managed to collect enough rubbish to fill a skip and enlisted the help of Newark and Sherwood District Council to remove large items of household rubbish that had been dumped on recreation areas.

50 years ago – May 5, 1973

Litter pickers at Newark Show in May 1973
Litter pickers at Newark Show in May 1973

ABOVE: Eight members of Newark Showground’s enthusiastic litter brigade set out to fill their bags and keep Newark Show tidy.

A weather mixture, which delighted farmers, traders and visitors, raised hopes that the Newark and Notts Agricultural Show will prove a record breaker.

Yesterday, 15,502 people had gone through the turnstiles.

But the show is already a record-breaker. Trade stands and class entries are up and the showground has been expanded to accommodate the increase.

Proposals for making parking charges compulsary at some carparks in Newark could cost the motorist up to £50 a year, Mr Roland Cope told Newark Town Council that this, and the dictatorial attitude of traffic wardens threaten to bring the town’s motorists, traders and shoppers to breaking point.

The council has approved a 5p-a-time parking charge at carparks at London Road, Lombard Street and Appletongate.

The corporation wants a guaranteed income of at least £500 a month from carparking.

Because of the complications it would cause, a scheme for car parking in front of Newark Town Hall on non-market days has been rejected.

The former licensee of the George and Dragon on Castlegate, Newark, told Nottingham Bankruptcy Court that the introduction of the breath test hit his business.

He said his business also failed because he lost trade because the population shifted from the town centre.

More than 50 people attended the first Communion service in modern English at St Peter’s Church, Farndon.

It is hoped to use this service once a month for the next few months to give it a fair trial.

100 years ago – May 2, 1923

The London Midland and Scottish Railway Company announced a series of earlier holiday excursions from Newark.

Bookings for eight or 15 days will be given on Fridays and Saturdays during May to many of the principal health and pleasure resorts, including Bournemouth, Bristol, Torquay, Edinburgh, Llandudno, Liverpool and Blackpool.

The chairman of the Notts County Poultry Club is organising an Egg Week in aid of the Newark Hospital.

It is hoped to get every poultry keeper, whether he be a back-yarder or poultry farmer, to give at least one day’s supply of eggs to the hospital.

It is hoped to raise 30,000 eggs during the week.

Special services were held at Barnbygate Wesleyan Church in aid of the cause of temperance.

The speaker, the Rev Rushby, dealt with the effect of alcohol on the human brain and the address was listened to with much interest.

Newark’s own comedian Arthur Newstead had a fine reception from his old friends and acquaintances at the Kinema.

The popularity of his songs and stories were demonstrated by the uproarous applause.

The children of Caythorpe under the age of 14 were invited to take tea in honour of the Duke of York’s wedding.

In all, 60 children were present. It is a noteworthy fact that no child under 11 was absent owing to illness, which speaks well for the healthy state of the village.

After tea, paper hats, caps and toy balloons were distributed amongst the children, which gave much pleasure and caused much amusement.



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