BACKTRACKING - Taking a trip down Hucknall and Bulwell’s memory lane

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WELCOME to our regular look at what was happening this week in history across the Dispatch district.

50 years ago

26th April 1963

HEADLINERS - Britain’s latest medium-haul jet AIRLINER, the de Havilland Trident, brings VIPs to Hucknall Airfield to mark the tenth anniversary of commercial flying with Rolls-Royce jet engines.

Because the BUTLERS HILL improvement scheme has to be completed by 1964, Hucknall Urban Council decides that the whole of the work, including roads and sewers, is to be carried out in a single contract.

Returning home by train from the Peak District, two Bulwell youths are badly cut by flying glass when a carriage window suddenly SHATTERS, having apparently been broken by a bottle that was thrown.

The retiring Liberal member for Bulwell’s St Albans ward, Coun STANLEY THOMAS, decides to seek re-election, despite having said he would not stand again.

A 15-year-old boy is praised by magistrates for phoning the police after seeing two men who proved to be BURGLARS acting suspiciously in a Bulwell store.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- Bulwell Dog Club win the championship shield at Leamington Spa DOG SHOW in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

One married woman in three in the Dispatch district goes out to WORK, a survey shows.

Norman Wisdom has ambitions to become a policeman in ‘On The Beat’, a hilarious comedy which is screened at the BYRON CINEMA in Hucknall.

PEOPLE -- the new vicar at Hucknall Parish Church, the Rev DAVID WILLIAMS, pledges himself to carry on the work of ‘great vicars’ of the past.

Sixteen-year-old JANET GEESON, of China Street, Bulwell, is selected as May Queen for St Albans Ward in Nottingham and District Labour Party’s annual demonstration.

SPORT -- a brilliant HAT-TRICK by Brian Richardson is the highlight of Linby Welfare’s 5-2 victory over Notts Villa in the Notts Sunday League premier division.

25 years ago

23rd April 1988

HEADLINERS - residents of Holgate Walk in Hucknall claim their lives are a NIGHTMARE because of noise from children playing football at the back of their homes.

Thieves who steal a gravestone from Papplewick Churchyard are told they could be confronted by a ghost. This is because the stone was in memory of murder victim BESSIE SHEPHERD, who is claimed to haunt the churchyard.

Hucknall businessman Ken Straw, who is a victim of HATE MAIL, offers a £25 reward to anyone who can name the letter-writer.

A Hucknall company, NOTTS STONE LTD, is compulsorily wound up by the Companies Court in London.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- a move for CALDON GREEN on Bulwell Hall Estate to be used as a children’s playground sparks controversy.

PEOPLE -- Hucknall Dramatic Society member KAREN ELGEY wins the best actress award at Nottingham and Notts Drama Association’s Junior One-Act Play Festival.

Linby-cum-Papplewick School caretaker FRANK HOWELL is presented with a camera as a retirement gift and uses it to take a parting photo of the pupils.

COURT -- a 24-year-old Bulwell man sold a VIDEO RECORDER he rented to give his young son a happy Christmas, Nottingham magistrates hear.

Two Bulwell boys attacked a Wimpey Bar manager after taking exception to an employee CLEANING UP around their feet, another court is told.

SPORT -- Hucknall Town and local rivals Basford United are set to fly the local flag when they meet in the final of the NOTTS FA SENIOR CUP.

A former cheerleader at Meadow Lane, Hucknall’s Donna Forrest -- who was a Miss England and Miss UK finalist -- is the new MISS NOTTS COUNTY.

10 years ago

25th April 2003

HEADLINERS - the Dispatch celebrates its CENTENARY with a special family gala day on Hucknall Market Place.

A 29-year-old man makes a second court appearance, charged with the ATTEMPTED MURDER of a Bulwell woman.

The battle for Hucknall seats in the impending Ashfield District Council ELECTIONS looks set to be the most hotly contested for many years.

New names for Bulwell’s two WARDS are to be used for the first time in the imminent Nottingham City Council elections. Bulwell West and Bulwell East are now Bulwell and Bulwell Forest respectively.

Three-year-old Thomas Rymell is hailed a LITTLE HERO by his parents after he alerts them to a fire at their Hucknall home.

Vandals who wrecked more than 50 memorials in an Easter orgy at Bulwell’s NORTHERN CEMETERY are branded ‘the lowest of the low’.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- a letter to the Dispatch, questioning what was so special about MINERS and disparaging their contribution to the country, prompts an angry reaction from readers.

Plans to turn the old WINDING ENGINE HOUSE of Bestwood Colliery into a major tourist attraction are well under way, the parish council hears.

Bulwell blind woman Jennie Hollingworth calls on generous Dispatch readers to donate items to be sent to British troops in the GULF.

SPORT -- 20-year-old Richard ‘Cooperman’ Cooper, of Hucknall, is heading full throttle for a glittering future in the world of MOTORBIKE RACING.