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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 many memories for you?

25 years ago – May 29, 1998

Newark FireFighters Long Service Awards May 1998
Newark FireFighters Long Service Awards May 1998

ABOVE: A group of Newark firefighters have received 20-year long service and good conduct medals.

The four were honoured at a special ceremony at the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service headquarters.

They were firefighter Laurie Redmile, leading firefighter Mark Robinson, firefighter Tony Pike, and leading firefighter Kim Allen.

A £1m housing development is set to form part of Newark’s riverside regeneration project.

If planning permission is approved, 24 houses will be built on the banks of the River Trent in the Tolney Lane area.

The houses will be in a mews style with wrought iron balconies and dormer bedroom windows.

Supermarkets could be fined unless they try to ensure their trolleys are not abandoned around town, councillors in Newark have warned.

The matter came to the attention of Newark and Sherwood District Council after staff at the Queens Road depot built up a collection of the stray trolleys and contacted Kelham Hall for advice.

The first phase of construction at the new £450m power station at Staythorpe has been completed to schedule.

Foundations for some of the cooling towers, some 1,600 cubic metres of concrete, and 70 tonnes of reinforcing have been installed.

It is hoped the gas turbine power station will generate its first electricity by 2003.

Building work costing more than £2m is due to start at the Newark High School this summer and is expected to cause major upheaval for all staff and pupils.

Everyone at the school will move to its Windsor Road site for up to 18 months while building work is carried out at its London Road site.

A new design and technology block, sports hall and classrooms will be built at London Road, where the whole school will eventually be located.

50 years ago – June 2, 1973

Canoe Mass Finish at Newark Jun 1973
Canoe Mass Finish at Newark Jun 1973

ABOVE: This was the scene on the River Trent when more than 200 youngsters put on a grandstand finish to the 100-mile canoe test organised by the National Association of Boys’ Clubs.

The flotilla was greeted by the Mayor of Newark, Mrs Elizabeth Yorke, who afterwards entertained some of the youngsters and test organisers in the Mayor’s Parlour.

To help traffic flow Beaumond Cross, Newark, may now be moved to the corner of London Road and Cartergate.

Three-lane road markings are also to be tried at the junction.

Bank Holiday traffic choked Newark with the worst congestion since the A1 bypass opened nine years ago – and it could get worse.

Traffic streamed into the town from the Midlands and hit a notorious hold-up at the castle roundabout where coast-bound trippers from Nottingham and Leicester converged with cars from Worksop and Mansfield.

A team of five policemen and traffic wardens managed to keep traffic moving.

When Group Captain Leonard Cheshire opened a block of old people’s flats at Farndon he met an old friend, Squadron Leader Johnny Johnson, of Collingham, a former officer of the famous 617 Squadron.

The famous war hero had a double duty. In addition to the 16 flats at Farndon, he opened 20 bedsitters at Balderton later in the afternoon.

Two AA kiosks on the A1 near Newark were broken open and 75p was stolen from each telephone coin box.

100 years ago – May 30, 1923

Thursday was Empire Day and there were the usual celebrations at Newark schools.

Loyalty and patriotism were apparent everywhere and in some cases the messages of the King and Queen were read to scholars.

At Lovers’ Lane Schools, the ordinary lessons were suspended at 11 o’clock and each teacher gave a lesson upon the Empire Day movement.

There was a full assembly in the yard, including the mixed classes and the infants, and the National Anthem was sung together with other national songs.

In the afternoon, the boys had a special drawing lesson, taking as their subject the Union Jack.

At last, Flintham is fitted with a telephone call office, which will be a great boon to the public, especially the farmers, who will be able to ascertain forecasts of the weather for the next day on the small charge of 2d.

Handbills are to be had at the local Post Office giving particulars of the charges, etc, for local calls.

The recent change of premises to the Market Place on the Gas Co Ltd marks yet another extension and modernising of a local enterprise.

So far as display purposes were concerned, the old quarters were somewhat cramped and a position adequate to allow proper exhibition of their household conveniences is secured by the transfer.

A high class stock of domestic requirements is artistically arranged and includes the latest devices for use with gas. There are stoves, ranges, burners, geysers and shades of many makes.

The useful work of the Newark Branch of the Girls’ Friendly Society was reflected in the successful display and exhibition given in the Town Hall.

The enjoyable gathering was largely attended, and the exhibition included examples of different work, including painting, photography, cookery, knitting, needlework, handlicraft and raffia work.

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