From the Advertiser archives: April 14, 20011

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Delving into the Advertiser archives from 100, 50 and 25 years ago

100 years ago

April 20, 1911

AN EXCITABLE woman: Sophia Brassingwate, of no fixed abode, was placed in the dock on a charge of being drunk on the previous night.

She was greatly excited and proceeded to report the superintendent and the police officers who locked her up for their treatment of her. PC Hopkins said he saw defendant in the Market Place shortly before 10 o’clock. She was drunk and shouting at the top of her voice and had a crowd around her. She would not go away and was taken into custody. When at the police station she used filthy language.

Defendant said she was more excited than drunk. She had walked from Daventry on her way to Coventry, and had no sooner arrived in the town than a crowd of children gathered round her and annoyed her. The police officer said the crowd consisted of men and youths. In default of paying a fine of 2s and 6d, defendant was committed to prison for seven days. Sunday night drinking: William Thatcher, machinist, was charged with being drunk on Saturday night. He pleaded not guilty but was fined 1s 6d and 6s costs.

50 years ago

April 18, 1966

FIGHTING in Chapel Street: Two brothers, David and John Smith appeared in court.

David was fined £1 and John 2 after a brawl in Chapel Street earlier in the year. It appears that both customers in a cafe on Chapel Street and were sitting apart when there was an incident involving an ashtray which was thrown and smashed on the floor. One brother accused the other and they went into the roadway and started fighting

BRASS belt wielded: Seen wielding a brass studded belt among youths in Chapel Street on St Patrick’s night was a young apprentice who later denied being drunk and disorderly. The magistrates found the case proved and the youth had to pay £7 in fines. The belt was confiscated.

The chairman of the court told the youth: “We are shocked and amazed that you are here on these charges.

“It is time you took stock of yourself. We shall not tolerate gang warfare here. You are on the way to becoming a first class thug.”

“If you don’t stop your behaviour, we will.”

25 years ago

April 24, 1986

A RUGBY pensioner became a millionaire overnight in one of the biggest ever pools wins.

The huge £908,173 jackpot was a dream come true for delighted Jim Paxton, who had faithfully filled in his coupon for 40 years. But a millionaire lifestyle was not for him and he said that his life will carry on as normal. And his 65-year-old wife Dorothy added: “I plan to stay in my Newbold Road home and keep the friends I have made during the 30 years I have lived here.”

Still reeling from the shock of their new found fortune, the couple said they have absolutely no idea what they will do with the money. Jim said: “I have a sister who lives in New Zealand and it would be nice to visit her, but my wife doesn’t like flying or sailing so we shall have to wait and see,”

The couple first suspected they had scooped a big cash prize as they checked the football results on television on Saturday. But even as the eight score-draws stared them in the face they couldn’t believe their luck.