BACKTRACKING: Taking a trip down memory lane this week in history

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Welcome to our a weekly look back at what was happening across the Dispatch district 50, 25 and 10 years ago.


14th June 1963

HEADLINERS - a 60-year-old Bulwell man who has been a miner all his working life endangered the lives of hundreds of men by SMOKING underground at Babbington Colliery, a court hears. He is sent to prison for three months.WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- a ‘rosy’ picture about the future of the mining industry, painted by National Coal Board chief Lord Robens, is not shared by most pitmen, claims Dispatch reader Joe Whelan in a letter to the paper.People from all over the district flock to a JAZZ BARBECUE at the Percy Andrew sport and social grounds in Bulwell.In a talk to Hucknall Rotary Club, a police inspector speaks of the horrors that would occur in the event of a NUCLEAR WAR.A two-week ‘PUPIL-POLICE relationship scheme’ is launched at Bulwell St Mary’s Trust School.A classic Western, ‘Red River’, co-starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift, is showing at Hucknall’s BYRON CINEMA.PEOPLE -- Bulwell man WILLIAM SCHOLEY retires after 25 years with Nottingham City Fire Brigade.

For the third time in four years, BERYL ROGERS, of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, is selected as Coal Queen of Newstead Colliery.

Bulwell Labour Party’s May Queen, JANET GEESON, receives her crown at an election victory social.

COURT -- three 16-year-old Bulwell youths stole EXPLOSIVES and arms from a Sea Cadets’ training ship, Nottingham Juvenile Court hears.

SPORT -- Hucknall Colliery Welfare Football Club celebrate winning the NOTTS FA JUNIOR CUP. They are the first Hucknall club to lift the trophy since Byron Olympic in 1922.

25 years ago

10th June 1988

HEADLINERS -- the Dispatch district’s two MPs voice contrasting views in a free vote in Parliament on whether CAPITAL PUNISHMENT should be restored. Hucknall MP Andy Stewart (Con) favours bringing back the rope for vicious killers but Bulwell MP Graham Allen (Lab) categorically opposes the idea at any cost.

A family which includes an 11-week-old baby claim they have been thrown out on the street after being EVICTED from a hostel for the homeless on Beardall Street, Hucknall.

CLAY PIGEON shooting enthusiasts must restrict their activities to land off Blenheim Lane, Bulwell to 28 days a year, Nottingham councillors decide.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- plans for a RETAIL PARK and restaurant on the former Babbington Colliery site in Bulwell would mean the loss of a valuable industrial site, it is claimed.

Hundreds of Bulwell people sign a petition against the proposed POLL TAX.

Dads and mums watch experiments carried out by pupils when a SCIENCE FAIR is held at Henry Mellish School, Bulwell.

An illuminated sign at the MUSIC BOX cafe on Watnall Road, Hucknall must come down because it is obscuring a nearby traffic light, say Ashfield councillors.

A HAYRIDE in the parishes of Linby and Papplewick proves a popular attraction.

PEOPLE -- now nearing his 100th birthday, JOHNNY RILEY, of Hucknall pays his first visit to the bell tower of the town’s parish church.

WILFRED AUCOCK retires after 40 years as a choir member and nearly 15 years as full-time organist at the parish church.

SPORT -- the new manager of Hucknall Town Football Club is STEVE BURR, who has been boss of Nationwide Conference team Nuneaton Borough for three years. He succeeds Philip Starbuck, who has been sensationally sacked.

Nottinghamshire Cricket Club seamer KEVIN COOPER, from Hucknall, becomes the first bowler in the country to take 50 first-class wickets this season.


13th June 2003

HEADLINERS -- a young woman teacher with cystic fibrosis claims at an employment tribunal that she felt BETRAYED when she was ordered to leave her job at a Hucknall school. But the school denies the claim.

A bumper programme of nearly 40 events is lined up for the sixth Hucknall-based annual BYRON FESTIVAL.

The revival of Hucknall’s biggest employer, ROLLS-ROYCE, is maintained by a bumper deal worth £530 million.

The distraught parents of a disabled seven-year-old Hucknall boy say his FUTURE is in jeopardy because of financial cutbacks at his school.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- Annesley Primary and Nursery School plays host to a party of POLISH children as part of a cultural exchange.

A SEX TOY was left by workmen at a Hucknall home where it could be seen by children, a mum claims.

PEOPLE -- Elvis Presley lookalike MICHAEL CHAPMAN, of Bulwell Hall Estate, presents roses to shoppers in Bulwell town centre.

Bulwell ex-serviceman KENNETH REID (68), who helped to protect the Suez Canal in the 1950s, wins a long fight for a General Service Medal.

COURT -- a Bulwell woman who denies assaulting a POLICE OFFICER fails to turn up for her case at Nottingham Magistrates Court.

A Bulwell man admits at Nottingham Crown Court that he led police on a CAR CHASE and nearly knocked over a pedestrian when he was over the drink-drive limit.

SPORT -- hundreds of people attend the GALA FINALE of Ashfield Festival of Sport at Hucknall Titchfield Park