In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
100 years ago
April 13 1912
Chancellor of the Exchequer at Lutterworth: The Right Hon Lloyd George accompanied by his wife, son and daughter, while motoring from London to his Welsh home, Criccieth, on Thursday reached Lutterworth and lunched at the Hind Hotel.
Here he was speedily recognised and the news spreading rapidly among the farmers and others in the town - being market day - he was soon the cynosure of all eyes, people leaving their shops and houses, all eager to get a glimpse of him.
On leaving the hotel, the motor halted a short distance from the church, which the Chancellor had decided to visit, leading local Liberals pressing forward with hearty welcome and anxious to get a hand-shake, while representatives of the Opposition showed equal desire to observe him at close quarters.
He spent about half an hour in the church, shown round by verger Firbank, apparently deeply interested in the mementoes of Wycliffe, remarking to one gentleman that he was glad to see the church which Wycliffe had made world famous.
50 years ago
April 13 1962
A rest room is to be provided at the Hospital of St Cross for the use of relatives of dangerously ill patients.
This was announced by Mr N Edyvean-Walker, chairman of the Hospital Management Committee for the Coventry (No.20) group and President of the League of Friends of Rugby Hospitals at a Spring Fair on Saturday in Church House in aid of the League of Friends.
It raised £400, £100 more than the target. The room to be used is on the ground floor of Crofts Cottage, the home of a former caretaker who worked at the hospital for 25 years. It is situated in the hospital grounds between the boiler house and the nurses’ homes.
Lady Rance, president of the Rugby branch of the College of Nursing, opening the fair praised the work of the League of Friends since it was formed in 1955, with Mr J Jolmes secretary, Mrs G Emmett chairman of the special effort committee and Mrs JL Banting, chairman of the league.
Mayoress Mrs AEP Page and Miss JL Ryde, matron of the Rugby hospitals, judged the Easter bonnet parade.
25 years ago
April 9 1987
Rugby’s Mr Twinning, Sonny Coote will receive a posthumous award for his work in the town.
The former sports twinning leader has been named Rugbeian of the Year 1986 and the award will be presented to his widow Muriel later this month.
Sponsored by Rugby Rokeby Lions, this is the 11th year of the awards. Lions press officer Peter Brierley said: “Mr Coote was an outstanding man who did such a lot for twinning with France and Germany and sport for the disabled.”
Mr Coote, who died in December last year at the age of 65 lived in Brownsover’s Reservoir Road.
He was a draughtsman with GEC in Mill Road and a former Liberal member of Rugby Borough Council.
Certificates of merit will be awarded to John Dacombe for his charity work, particularly with Rugby Raft Race; Leighton Reynolds for his work with the disabled; Hilda Townsend for organising New Bilton Tea Club for the past 24 years and Canon Alan Coldwells for his services to the community.