BACKTRACKING - Taking you on a trip down memory lane

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19th July 1963

HEADLINERS -- an inquest hears that a 17-year-old Bulwell motorcyclist, David Barber, was KILLED in a road accident while on his way to join a fishing trip.

Another inquest is told that a Bulwell BABY was tragically suffocated by a coat which had accidentally been left on her carry-cot while she was sleeping.

Action is taken at last to help residents of Rock Terrace in Bulwell, who have been without a WATER SUPPLY since last Christmas.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- Hucknall councillors make a strong protest about an increase in local BUS FARES. They say it means youngsters will find it very difficult to get to jobs in Nottingham.

Nottingham councillors ask for an extra grant of at least £50,000 from the government for a scheme to prevent further FLOODING of the River Leen in Bulwell.

A musical evening is held at St Alban’s Hall on Hucknall Lane, Bulwell in aid of the FREEDOM FROM HUNGER campaign.

Children present a delightful programme of entertainment for the annual ROSE DAY at Beardall Street Infant School in Hucknall.

A RED-HOT ROCK session featuring Little Mick and the Angelos is held at the Chequers pub in Hucknall.

COURT -- a youth suffered a BROKEN NOSE when he was kicked in the face during a rumpus outside a coffee bar in Annesley Woodhouse, magistrates hear.

A man who was knocked down by a POLICE VAN while running away after breaking into Bestwood Miners Welfare appears at a magistrates court.

SPORT -- Hucknall Collieries Cricket Club suffer two frustrating defeats in the same weekend, both by just ONE WICKET

25 years ago

15th July 1988

HEADLINERS -- Hucknall taxi driver Barrie Daws (42) has a miraculous escape when his cab plunges 30 feet off CLIFTON BRIDGE after crashing through safety barriers and lands on the bonnet of a passing car.

Plans for Hucknall to get its first CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL in a bid to regenerate the town receives full backing from Ashfield District Council.

Controversial plans for new houses on an OPEN SPACE next to Whyburn Primary School in Hucknall are turned down by Ashfield councillors.

Coun Brian Chance, a Hucknall Labour member of Ashfield Council, comes out against plans for an OUTER BYPASS for the town. He says the money would be better spent on improving the town centre.

More than one-and-a-half inches of RAIN fall on Hucknall in six hours but the town escapes serious flooding.

Police surround a derelict Hucknall FACTORY to trap a boy suspected of shoplifting.

Hucknall Conservative MP Andy Stewart is close to success with a Private Member’s Bill to make sending POISON-PEN letters and hate mail a criminal offence.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- many people take advantage of a chance to climb to the top of the TOWER at Buwell St Mary’s Church during an open day in aid of a Save the Bells appeal.

A revised plan to demolish and replace the 110-year-old CENTRAL METHODIST CHURCH, Hucknall is given the green light by Ashfield District Council.

PEOPLE -- Labour’s deputy leadership challenger JOHN PRESCOTT visits Hucknall and praises the town’s Sun Programme for the unemployed.

SPORT --- Hucknall Town Football Club submit a planning application to put up FLOODLIGHTS at their Watnall Road ground.


18th July 2003

HEADLINERS -- a 39-year-old man who was the victim of a theft at Hucknall Leisure Centre says he is alarmed that CCTV CAMERAS there were not working at the time.

A woman says she has been left badly shocked after she was attacked by a JOGGER while walking her dogs in Bulwell.

Police reveal that drug dealers are targeting Hucknall as a centre for selling deadly CRACK COCAINE.

A banned driver from Bulwell MOWED DOWN a 12-year-old boy before speeding off, leaving the youngster with leg and facial injuries.

The £200 million Nottingham Express Transit (NET) tram system that wil run between the city and Hucknall is delayed because of problems on the track’s Bulwell section.

Twice in ten days, mindless vandals attack a Bulwell business that sells GRAVE MONUMENTS.

A surprise swoop by police on Bulwell Hall Estate nets four people for DRUG OFFENCES, including two suspected dealers.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- a service at Hucknall Parish Church to mark the International Byron Festival rekindles a Friendship Agreement between Hucknall’s Holgate Comprehensive School and the Lord Byron School in ARMENIA.

PEOPLE -- Hucknall’s popular whistling postman JOHN GILBERT retires from the service after 15 years.

COURT -- a Bulwell man who was over the drink-drive limit is jailed for leading police on a CAR CHASE through Nottingham and nearly knocking down a pedestrian.

SPORT -- Hucknall Town Football Club hope to sign BOB TAYLOR, who played for West Bromwich Albion last season in the Barclaycard Premiership.