BACKTRACKING: Taking a trip down memory lane

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50 years ago

1st March 1963

headliners - How a Bulwell couple’s BABY SON received a blow on the head which caused his death remains a mystery at an inquest. The jury returns an open verdict on the tragic two-week-old boy.

Accused of ASSAULTING two young women with intent to ravish them, a 27-year-old Hucknall man told police: “It’s my head. I must be . . . crackers.

I reckon I want some treatment,” magistrates hear.

The Bulwell-based Nottingham North Liberal Association is in turmoil, with the chairman, secretary and treasurer all RESIGNING over an internal issue.

An appeal by the National Coal Board for SATURDAY WORKING at Dispatch district collieries and other county pits to ease a shortage of household coal is rejected by the Notts Miners Council.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE –The South Notts Hunt meets at the Horse and Groom pub in Linby and later finds several FOXES in Annesley Park.

Hucknall and Bulwell Labour MP William Whitlock claims that TORY MPs have lost faith in their leader.

A FOOTPATH between Bestwood Village and Hucknall, which is used by schoolchildren, has been described as a ‘danger to the public’ by a sanitary inspector, Bestwood Parish Council hears.

Harold Done, a 67-year-old widower, and Caroline Smith, a 62-year-old widow, are the last couple to be married at Hucknall’s BOURNE METHODIST CHURCH before it closes.

Bestwood Black Diamonds Band, in full uniform, march through a dry-cleaner’s shop in Derby in a stunt for the ‘CANDID CAMERA’ TV programme.

An extension to Bulwell’s Northern Cemetery, including a SHELTER, is given the go-ahead by Nottingham councillors.

‘Ability To Kill’ and ‘Communism And The Law’ are among new books added to the stock at HUCKNALL LIBRARY.

An action-packed story of adventure on the high seas, ‘White Slave Ship’ is showing at the BYRON CINEMA in Hucknall.

25 years ago

26th Feb 1988

headliners - A man wielding an AXE is alleged to have terrified passers-by on Hucknall Market Place. One man received an injury in a fracas which police describe as an ‘inter-family dispute’.

An investigation is launched into the activities of HUCKNALL LABOUR PARTY and the sale of the publication, ‘Militant’. But party members describe the allegation as an ‘attack on true socialism’.

A bungling burglar from Bulwell broke his legs when he feel through the SKYLIGHT at a warehouse, Nottingham magistrates hear.

The suspension of a charge nurse at Highbury HospitaL, Bulwell causes a LIGHTNING STRIKE by about 30 nurses and ancillary staff. The dispute centres on a claim that staff ate pudding meant for patients.

A need for more doctors to report notifiable infectious diseases –raised by Coun Dr Mike Heath, a Hucknall Labour member of Ashfield District Council -–becomes a national concern.

An 80-mph POLICE CHASE through Hucknall ends with a crash on Annesley Road when a car ploughs into the side of a derelict house.

PEOPLE --celebrating his 90th birthday, GEORGE FOX-SMITH receives the gift of a free pint every day from a brewery at the Swinger pub in Bulwell, where he is a regular customer.

Nine-year-old Hucknall girl GEMMA HIBBARD is inundated with letters after an appeal on a TV programme, ‘Going Live’, in which she requested a pen pal.

The founder of a well-known Bulwell haulage company, REX MARSHALL, dies at the age of 89.

SPORT –darts ace JOHN MAPP threatens to quit the Hucknall League after a dispute that mars the first round of the pairs competition.

The future of Bulwell’s two golf clubs, Nottingham City and Bulwell Forest, is on the line as the spectre of PRIVATISATION draws near.

10 years ago

28th Feb 2003

headliners - Council taxpayers in Hucknall face a swingeing double figure increase of 10.1%, mainly due to a hefty police figure.

A 32-year-old Hucknall man could be banned from the town centre after he allegedly SPAT at police officers.

The future of Hucknall’s ROLLS-ROYCE plant is still claimed to be bright, despite gloomy news that the renowned company is to shed 1,100 jobs.

An infamous TEENAGE TEARAWAY who has terrorised his home town of Bulwell for years and racked up more than 100 criminal convictions is put back behind bars.

A mother-of-three from Hucknall is left terrified after being robbed at KNIFEPOINT in broad daylight at a busy shopping centre.

A former Hucknall police officer and his accomplice, who also had connections with the town, are convicted of a multi-million-pound VAT FRAUD.

Firefighters face the danger of an EXPLOSION when a blaze breaks out in an allotment shed on Bulwell’s Blenheim Lane.

Four premature greyhound PUPPIES are handed the gift of life, thanks to caring staff at the Buckley House vets’ surgery in Hucknall.

Asfield police boss Chief Superintendent Ak Khan describes DRINK-FUELLED VIOLENCE in Hucknall town centre as a ‘major challenge’.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE –TV character BOB THE BUILDER fixes it for Bulwell youngster Cameron Farmer when they meet at a shopping complex.

PEOPLE –single mum Carleen Booth, of Bulwell, is invited to receive an award from the QUEEN at Buckingham Palace to mark her inspiring efforts to gain qualifications through higher education.

COURT –a Hucknall mother who stole a taxi driver’s MOBILE PHONE told him her name when he rang the number, Nottingham Crown Court hears.

SPORT –Annesley Colliery football team are thrown out of Sunday morning’s top cup competition after a match is engulfed in VIOLENCE.