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August 2, 1913
The Coventry and Rugby Howitzer Batteries, of some 300 men, will go into camp this weekend at West Down for gun practice. The Rugby School Officers’ Training Corps will be in camp at Tidworth and the Rugby Infantry Company is going with the 7th Battalion to Beaulieu in the New Forest, with the river Exe near at hand. This year a larger percentage of recruits will be in training for the first time than has been the case for some years. This follows upon successful recruiting methods adopted by Colonel Ash.
August 2, 1963
Gas supplies in Rugby are now being received from Coventry. The last gas was made in Rugby at 8am on Wednesday and the works finally closed at 2.30am yesterday after being in operation for more than 90 years. Sixty workmen were formerly employed at the gas works but since the decision to close, retirement and some finding alternative employment has reduced the labour force to 40. About 30 of those will become redundant. Some have been at the Rugby works for 50 years, and others for 30-40.
Crowds cheered and a brass band played as the Princess Royal flew into the grounds of Newbold Revel near Rugby. Shes was visiting the prison service college to watch a Festival of Sport. Prison officers from all over the country took part in many activities. The Princess was met by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Viscount Daventry and the Deputy Chief Constable of Warwickshire David Burke. The princess is patron of the Butler’s trust which presents awards for service.