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

The Advertiser has again 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 – May 8, 1998

The landlady of The Vine, Newark, Pam Palmer, in the stocks for a medieval day at the pub in 1998.
The landlady of The Vine, Newark, Pam Palmer, in the stocks for a medieval day at the pub in 1998.

ABOVE: It was back to medieval times for one Newark community as they celebrated the bank holiday with a street party.

The celebrations were centred around The Vine public house on Barnbygate and included maypole dancing, pillow fights on a slippery pole, and jousting on the back of hobby horses with polystyrene lances and plastic swords.

Landlady Pam Palmer is pictured in the stocks with some of those at the event.

Driving instructors face an anxious time as the future of Newark’s test centre again hangs in the balance.

Around 20 instructors could be forced out of business if the Driving Standards Agency does not find a new base for the centre. Its lease on the current site on Bowbridge Road runs out on June 24.

Instructors are worried the DSA is dragging its heels in the search for new premises.

Collingham builder and businessman Steff Wright has made a bid to buy Notts County.

The current chairman, Mr Derek Pavis, has hd two meetings with Mr Wright and more talks could take place next week.

Plans for the expansion and development of Newark Air Museum have been revealed.

The idea is to establish it as a museum of national importance on the history of aviation.

Newark architect Clive Booth has produced a design for a hangar and visitors’ centre at the museum’s Winthorpe site.

The scheme will cost around £900,000 and will only go ahead if a bid for National Lottery funding is successful.

50 years ago – May 12, 1973

ABOVE: Farrars won the Newark Sunday League Premier Division Cup to go with their league championship trophy when they beat rivals East Markham 1-0 at The Stadium.

Here, the Farrars do their impersonation of Sunderland as they celebrate victory.

It was a very close game with the goal coming five minutes from the end from Richard Price.

Staff fears that Newark hospital facilities would be run down in favour of larger hospitals at Nottingham were discounted.

The deputy group secretary of Nottingham and District Hospital Management Committee said he did not not of any plans in the foreseeable future to change the situation in Newark.

He was responding to a letter from Rushliffe MP Mr Kenneth Clarke whose attention had been drawn to ‘very considerable concern that has been caused by the proposal to downgrade Newark Hospital’.

Newark fashion store Noel West One is close. Staff were stunned by the news they would lose their jobs in five weeks.

One reason for shutting the business, it is believed, was the pressure being put on the leaseholders by Newark Town Council to spend thousands renovating the shop frontage, part of the architectually-famous 14th Century White Hart.

Hundreds of thousands of Dutch people will read about the attractions of Newark as a tourist town.

They will be urged to visit Newark by Holland’s leading travel writers, who were delighted by the town during a visit.

They said Newark had everything for tourists – history, beauty, and low prices.

Boys from Magnus Grammar School set up their own radio station at Newark Show and made contact with radio hams as far away as Italy and Hungary.

Using their own call sign G3 PAN, the boys made 56 contacts on Friday and 57 on Saturday.

100 years ago – May 9, 1923

The master’s report to Newark Board of Guardians appeared to show that vagrants were only detained for one night at the workhouse and the chairman wanted to know for how long this practice had been in operation.

He thought the two-night principle would act to some extent as a deterrent to tramps.

The clerk recalled it started during the war.

The time of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry Camp is drawing near.

It is expected there will be 18 officers and 300 NCOs and men of the old regiment in training at Coddington.

This year’s camp will be opened to the public and arrangements will be made for conveyances to run between Newark and the camp.

In opposition to total prohibition, the Fellowship of Freedom and Reform is conducting a campaign in Newark.

The first meeting was held in the Market Place where speeches were delivered by representatives of the fellowship.

The worst storm of recent years passed over Southwell on Saturday evening. Crash after crash of thunder came and the sky was one continuous light of blue flame, with clear cut forks of lightning darting down to earth.

Animals in the fields were terrified and darted hither and thither, or stood shivering under the trees.

Serious damage was caused when lightning struck the Crown Inn at North Muskham, but fortunately and miraculously, no injuries were sustained. Two occupants received shock from the lightning.

In Newark, the height of the storm caught people living the picture houses and a Labour Party celebration in the Market Place had to be abandoned.

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