BACKTRACKING - Our weekly trip down memory lane

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WELCOME to our weekly look back at what was making the headlines in the Dispatch district this week in history.

50 years ago

19th April 1963

HEADLINERS - disappointing Easter weather in the Dispatch district includes a slight fall of SNOW on Good Friday.

A former Hucknall HEAD TEACHER is sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for misappropriating £373 of school funds.

A Bulwell man tells a court that BLOOD on his hand resulted from a fight in a pub and did not happen through breaking a window at a house which was burgled.

A Hucknall delegate at the annual conference of the Clerical and Administrative Workers Union urges government aid for the aircraft industry, which would benefit the town’s ROLLS-ROYCE plant.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- the two dykes on Main Street, Linby, which are known as the DOCKS and form a picturesque feature of the village, are to be upgraded, the parish council is told.

Dispatch founder and former editor Henry Morley says plans for a ‘new Hucknall’ should include a HELICOPTER STATION on Piggins Croft.

An Easter passion play, ‘BARABBAS’, is presented by the youth group of St John’s Church in Bulwell.

Hucknall Round Table holds a MASKED FANCY DRESS BALL at the Commodore Ballroom on Nuthall Road, Nottingham.

Hayley Mills co-stars with Maurice Chevalier in Walt Disney’s version of the Jules Verne story, ‘In Search of the Castaways’, showing at the BYRON CINEMA in Hucknall.

COURT -- two young Hucknall men who had been drinking left a trail of DAMAGE, including smashed shop windows, as they walked home through the town, Nottingham Shire Hall magistrates are told.

SPORT -- sharp-shooting centre-forward Brown scores SEVEN of Bulwell Town Football Club’s goals in an 8-4 win over Blidworth Welfare Reserves in the Notts Alliance second division..

25 years ago

15th April 1988

HEADLINERS - a Hucknall family are furious when told they cannot place a POT on a family grave in Hucknall Cemetery, pointing out that other graves there have one or more pots.

A Bulwell man ATTACKED a store employee who chased and challenged him after he had stolen meat and other goods, it is claimed at Nottingham Shire Hall magistrates court.

A lead singer in Hucknall Operatic Society’s production of the Gilbert and Sullivan favourite, ‘The Gondoliers’, Stephen Walker, accidentally falls off a moving GONDOLA. He is treated at hospital for severe bruising.

A new CRIMESTOPPERS column in the Dispatch encourages the public to give information about crime and get them involved in helping police to catch the offenders.

Taxi driver John Scrimshaw receives an award for helping police to catch a suspect in a CHASE on Low Wood Road, Bulwell.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- a CLOCK MIRROR designed by Michael Smith (16), a pupil of Hucknall National Comprehensive School, is put on the market by Nottingham firm Imagine Ltd.

A battle continues to save 16 acres of ALLOTMENTS and smallholdings on Blenheim Lane, Bulwell from being built on.

PEOPLE -- a lifetime of work for the Hucknall community by the late Coun ERIC MORLEY is commemorated with dedication of a plaque in the parish church by the town’s Rotary Club.

Seventeen-year-old LISA RADNELL, a member of Watnall Road Baptist Church, Hucknall, joins a Continental singers group for a three-week tour of England, Holland and Denmark.

COURT -- a youth involved in a major FRACAS in Bulwell town centre told police it was a ‘good set-to’, Nottingham Crown Court hears.

SPORT -- at the age of 76, Bulwell Forest Villa Football Club joint manager Ted Anthony turns out for the team when they are short of players. Three of the team have gone to the FA Cup semi-final between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool at Hillsborough.

10 years ago

18th April 2003

HEADLINERS - The former Hucknall C0-OP building, which has been a town-centre eyesore for nearly a decade, is set to receive a £1 million upgrade.

In answer to a letter congratulating the QUEEN on her golden jubilee, the Dispatch receives a reply expressing Her Majesty’s best wishes for the paper’s 100th birthday celebrations.

‘Miracle child’ LEE DAY, of Bestwood Village, whose weight at birth was the same as a bag of sugar, celebrates his tenth birthday. When he was a baby, Lee could be held in the palm of his mother’s hand and was in danger of dying.

Hucknall High Street is, by far, Ashfield’s number one hotspot for VIOLENT CRIME, it is reported at a meeting of the district council.

Vandals devastate a Bulwell ALLOTMENT tended by 75-year-old Jack Henton.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- staff dress up as Bill and Ben, the Flowerpot Men, and their sidekick, Little Weed, in a charity initiative at Bulwell Co-op superstore.

A couple and their three children have to flee from their home on Watnall Road, Hucknall when a fierce FIRE breaks out there.

A BIG SPRING THING is held to mark the 20th birthday of the Sellers Wood nature reserve in Bulwell.

A memorial fund set up to honour Pc GED WALKER, who was killed in the line of duty in Bulwell, now tops £20,000.

Hucknall CEMETERY CHAPEL has become badly run-down and is in urgent need of repair work, Ashfield councillors are told.

SPORT -- Hucknall Town Football Club must wade through a crazy FIXTURE PILE-UP ahead of their Notts FA Senior Cup final against Teversal at Notts County’s Meadow Lane ground.