From the Advertiser archives - August 15 edition

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August 16, 1913

An exciting incident occurred near Brownsover Mill. A man jumped into the Oxford Canal, apparently with the intention of drowning himself, but he was rescued by two boys. While employed at Mssrs Willans & Robinson’s works he sustained rather severe burns to his arm in circumstances that debarred him from obtaining compensation. Unable to work, it appears the condition preyed upon his mind. He was removed to the Workhouse Infirmary where, in the custody of police, he made a satisfactory recovery.

August 16, 1963

With the Rugby works holiday coming to an official end, the majority of holiday makers returned to the town on Saturday. By late afternoon trains and buses were full. Those who had holidayed in the north were not sorry their holiday was over, the weather had been far from ideal. “One of the worse holidays we have ever had,” said Mr and Mrs Sowko of Lower Hillmorton Road. “In Blackpool it rained every day and was very windy and cold!” Those whose journey took them south were much more fortunate.

August 11, 1988

Marks & Spencer is to reintroduce its women’s fashion lines to Rugby less than five months after withdrawing them. The High Street store announced the U-turn to staff last Friday after discontinuing women’s clothes in March. The company said the original decision was part of an experiment to find the best way of meeting customer demand where there was limited space. The decision caused a furore locally. From August 22 there will be a full complement of skirts, blouses, knitwear and overcoats on sale.