In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
100 years ago
September 28, 1912
Fire at Kilsby Church. The tower gutted but bells saved. Shortly before ten o’clock on Tuesday night the discovery was made by some men standing near the George Hotel at Kilsby that the tower of the Parish church was on fire.
The vicar (the Rev JA Panter) and the churchwardens (Messrs TW Smart and J Shrives) were quickly warned, the alarm speedily spreading to the whole of the village, the male portion almost to a man turning out and hurrying to the church, exerted themselves to the utmost to stop the fire. Nonconformists and Roman Catholics were equally as keen as Churchmen in the work.
Access was first gained to the roof of the south aisle and from there to the nave, from the roof of which ladders were reared against the windows and buckets of water poured through them onto the raging furnace inside.
The vicar and churchwardens desire to express their hearty thanks to the villagers who saved the tower, if not the whole of the church.
50 years ago
Chairman of the Labour Party, Mr Harold Wilson, speaking at a party dinner in Rugby on Saturday night described the terms, as they stood today, for our entry into the European Common Market as unacceptable and said it was Labour’s duty to oppose them. He said we must be sure that the terms agreed would not disrupt the Colonial countries: we must ensure that our partners in other countries would be allowed to play their part and not be left out in the cold.
We must be assured that this country would be able to maintain a foreign policy that we thought right. Would we, in the Common Market have the freedom removed? The terms so far proposed for our entry were too vague for us to accept.
Mr Wilson congratulated the Rugby Labour Party on the choice of Dr David C Childs as their prospective candidate to fight that important marginal seat. He said it would be dangerous to assume they could take it easy and wait for a general election in 1964. It might come far sooner than people thought.
25 years ago
September 24, 1987
The bonanza for Rugby shoppers continues with the news that four large stores are to be built in an edge-of-town retail park.
Do-it-all, ELS, Comet and Unipart are taking space in the Elliotts Field development on the Leicester Road.
“I don’t think anything more exciting has happened since the redevelopment of the town centre,” said Coun John Barford.
Trading at the park is due to begin by the end of next May.
As well as increasing the choice of where to shop, the development could provide up to 200 jobs.
London based Baltic Developments outbid over 30 over companies to buy the 120,000 sq ft site from joint owners Rugby Borough Council and GEC.
It has now led over three-quarters of the site - there are two remaining unlet units.
A spokesman said: “Rugby is a good venue for a retail park, with easy access to the M6 and nicely situated opposite Tesco’s.