Bygone Newark & District DVD
Newark & District from 1926 - 1972

Local people and the markets, streets, vehicles and events of yesteryear are seen in a fascinating selection of films, slides, and photos from the 1920s to the early 70s.

Highlights include “A Market Town”, a 10 minute film about Newark on a market day in 1942, although the town wasn’t named for wartime security reasons.

A flock of sheep are being shepherded to market along the Great North Road (no by-pass then). The film was commissioned by the British Council from British Gaumont reputedly to help introduce newly arrived American GIs to Britain.

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Local families may see relatives in several great open air events - the Pageant of 1936 and the Sunday School Treat Days of the 1950s. In another, the Newark Carnival of 1936, two great local characters appear……the “King and Queen of Carnival”, Norman Taylor, and John Woodall.

There’s a tour of the town in colour in the early 1970s and historic steam trains and railway artefacts are seen at and around Northgate Station. The programme also includes film of the enthronement of the Bishop of Southwell in 1964 and glimpses of Sutton on Trent, Averham, and Farndon.

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Andrew Blow, who researched, produced, narrated and set the programme to music, began the project because his own family archive contained a short film of Newark. Andrew thanks many contributors and helpers not least the Newark Advertiser as sponsors, Newark Library, and Newark Town Council.

“Thank you for a spectacular DVD. It has brought back so many wonderful memories to me of my childhood and teenage years in my hometown of Newark. I enjoyed it tremendously.”

Anne Russ, now of Big Bear Lake, California, USA