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6:55am Thu Nov 13, 2014
THIS year’s Remembrance Sunday parade and service at Newark Parish Church took a dramatic turn when former submariner Mr Peter Wilderspin collapsed with a heart attack.
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The right moves
— (Mr and Mrs) R. BRAMALL, Newark (Full address supplied).
I attended the Pure Imagination dance show at the Palace Theatre, Newark, on Sunday staged by Kids & Co.

The effort on the part of the dance teachers and all the children who took part was much appreciated by all who attended.

The kids put on a very entertaining show and deserve the highest praise.
Building bridges
­— B. G. WRIGHT, Hall Farm, Langford.
Newark’s traffic congestion has one simple cause ­— the volume of traffic on the A46 roundabouts, leading to heavy queues.

The remedy is also simple, but not cheap. The A46 must be bridged over these junctions to allow this busy road to flow.

The proof of this can be seen on the re-modelled A1, where the removal of all roundabouts has led to free-flowing traffic and no queues, which previously wasn’t the case.
Accident rate fears
— ANTONY BARSON, Ainsdale Close, Fernwood.
Myself and countless others I have spoken to are becoming increasingly concerned with the severity and frequency of road traffic accidents on the roads surrounding Newark, in particular accidents on the A46 roundabout near the Lord Ted (where I believe more than 200 have occurred since its opening) and on the A1.

A reminder of how serious these can be occurred last week (Woman Dies After Five-vehicle Crash, Advertiser, November 13).

Indeed, I have to queue on the main carriageway almost every day on my commute to Lincoln — it’s a truly terrifying experience.
Thanks too...
— (Mr and Mrs) M. GILL, Collingham (Full address supplied).
... all the staff at the Home Bargains store in Newark and the off-duty nurse (unfortunately I do not know her name) who went to the aid of my wife when she fell in the store on November 9.

Thankfully her injuries were not too serious and she was allowed home after an examination at Newark Hospital.
Decisions contradict local opinion
­— IAN BARBER, Meadow Lane, Weston.
I was unsurprised to read the article, Residents Lose Fight To Stop Power Plant (Advertiser, November 6) regarding the appeal by JG Pears, Low Marnham.

The appeal was successful, despite the application being turned down by Bassetlaw District Council after many meetings and debates by local communities and councillors.

But the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Mr Eric Pickles, agreed with a recommendation by the planning inspector to approve the plan.
Revival thanks
— BEV WILDERSPIN and family, Collingham (Full address supplied).
I would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank-you to all those who came to the aid of my husband, Peter Wilderspin, at Newark’s Remembrance Sunday service (Lifesavers On Parade, Advertiser, November 13).

But for the swift reactions of Dennis Rhule, who was the first to start CPR, and the follow- up actions of firemen Graham Picker, Richard Williams, Nick Owen, Ben Weaving and Seth Vasey, and Newark Community First Aid’s Pete Buttong and Mick Ellerby, things might have turned out very differently.

Words cannot express my gratitude for their actions in reviving Peter.
Sad loss
— DOREEN LANGFORD, Marlborough Close, Newark.
It was with regret that I learned Mr Will Duguid was no longer working for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust (Man Behind Hospital Plan Is Replaced, Advertiser, November 13).

Mr Duguid attended and spoke at the annual meeting of the Say Yes to Newark Hospital campaign in September and said that he had positive ideas regarding improvements for Newark Hospital.

People who heard him speak and emphasised to me how well he had expressed his views and the positive vision he projected.
Clean and caring
— BRENDA LOWE, Wright Street, Newark.
I recently spent two weeks in Newark Hospital.

I was seen straight away in the Minor Injuries Unit by a doctor and nurse, put on oxygen, X-rayed and admitted to Sconce Ward.

I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, cleaning staff and all who helped with meals.
Reading matter
­— (Mrs) C. LEE, Newark (Full address supplied).
I hope the public consultation over the next round of cuts proposed by Nottinghamshire County Council sends a strong message that the public library service should be protected.

Reading is the skill that is at the root of all learning.

 
Bring back steam
— EDWARD CORDELL, Spring Drive, Fernwood.
The ex LMS-BR Royal Scot 46115 locomotive built in 1926 passed through Newark Castle station hauling the Robin Hood express from London St Pancras to London King’s Cross via Lincoln Central on Sunday afternoon.

If we could reinstate a regular steam-hauled service between Lincoln and Nottingham at the weekends this would be a tremendous tourist attraction for all the stations it would serve.

Newark Castle station was packed with sightseers, and the train wasn’t even rostered to stop, such is the emotional draw these engines still have on the British populace of all generations.
Look to future with roads projects
— IAN LEIVERS, MD, Green Feeds Ltd.
I have been reading the various comments over the recent months regarding the traffic issues in and around Newark at rush hour, especially on Friday afternoons.

I agree mostly with the content of the comments made on this matter.

My thoughts, however, are that whoever it was, be it an individual or a team of professionals, given the responsibility regarding the changes and so-called improvements to the local highways (especially the Newark bypass) seemed to lack any foresight as to the gridlock issues it would cause in the future.
Crossing alarm
— GRAHAM DIXON, Ashworth Close, Newark.
I find it alarming that Newark town councillor Mrs Irene Brown considers the pedestrian crossing on Lombard Street a death trap (Pizza Hut Plans Raises Concerns, Advertiser, November 6).

I hope that this has been raised with the appropriate authorities for a resolution before someone is seriously injured or, indeed, killed.

Maybe we should also close Asda until this is resolved.
Passing comment
— (Mrs) S. HOWARD, Balderton (Full address supplied).
Further to Mrs C. Lee’s letter regarding undertaking on the A1 Road Risk, News Views, September 25) I have to advise that it is also a regular occurrence on the A46 between Farndon and Bingham.

What does surprise me is that high profile members of the community are engaged in this dangerous manoeuvre — personalised number plates are a real give-away.
Parade order
­— PETER JONES, Farndon (Full address supplied).
On Sunday I attended the wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial on Appletongate, Newark, along with many others, to pay my respects to the fallen in two world wars and conflicts since.

The parade from the Town Hall was led by the civic dignitaries, councillors and MP Robert Jenrick, and somewhere in the middle the representatives of the Royal British Legion.

I know that it is a civic occasion, but surely in this 100th anniversary year of the start of the first world war, the elected members could have, for once, stepped out of the limelight and allowed members of the Legion to lead the parade.
Credit to youth
­— MICHAEL WILSON, Queen Street, Balderton.
The remembrance service and parade in Balderton on Sunday was extremely well attended, particularly by the youth uniformed organisations.

The behaviour of the young people in St Giles’ Church and outside the Methodist Church on Main Street, especially during the two minutes of silence, was exemplary.

It was a credit to each one of them and their leaders.
Star memories
­— MICK DUCKMANTON, Browning Road, Balderton.
I was sad to hear of the death of Bernard Jewry (pop star Shane Fenton/Alvin Stardust).

In the late 1950s Bernard, then a pupil at Southwell Minister School, would sit with two school mates and myself against the wall at the old open air swimming pool, Sherwood Avenue, Newark, playing our guitars.

It happened a few times before I lost contact with him.
Warm welcome for remembrance
­— CAROL A. BRYAN, branch secretary, Newark Royal Artillery Association, Wood Street, Newark.
On behalf of the Newark branch of the Royal Artillery Association I would like to say a huge thank-you to the townsfolk of Newark for the welcome that was given to our guests, 32 Minden Battery of 16 Regiment Royal Artillery at the annual Remembrance Day service and parade on Sunday.

A contingent of serving gunners from our affiliated regiment, accompanied by their Regimental Sergeant Major and the Battery Commander and Battery Sergeant Major of Minden Battery, travelled up from their barracks in Hampshire to stay overnight at St Georges Barracks, North Luffenham before joining us in Newark for the Remembrance Day commemorations.

The welcome and support they received from the town was absolutely brilliant and these heartfelt thanks are also given on behalf of the lads and lasses of 32 Minden Battery RA, who I know thoroughly enjoyed their time here in Newark.
 

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