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 ten-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.
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 includes the
enthronement of the Bishop of Southwell in 1964 and glimpses of Sutton on
Trent, Averham, and Farndon.
Blow 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.