In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
100 years ago
August 17, 1912
At about 7.30pm on Saturday morning, before the majority of Rugby people were astir, Mr Robert Slack, the International Correspondent School’s aviator, who had been expected for several days, arrived at Eastlands on the Clifton Road.
He had started from Nuneaton and completed the flight in just under a quarter of an hour.
The machine was at once housed in the tent erected for the purpose and Mr Slack and his officials proceeded to headquarters, the George Hotel.
He could have given an exhibition of flying in the afternoon, had not the blustery weather supervened.
It was not until Sunday afternoon that the aviator took his seat in the machine again. He rose to a good height and headed for the south. The ascent was witnessed by several hundreds of people. Travelling very quickly the aviator was soon out of sight.
On his tour Mr Slack has travelled over 1,000 through the air. As to flying generally, Mr Slack thinks it has come to stay.
50 years ago
August 17, 1962
Rugby’s industry started moving again on Monday after the annual two-week ‘shut-down’ and for many workers returning to work was less of a wrength than usual due to the appalling weather experienced in the fortnight. Few parts of the British Isles escaped heavy downpours during the Bank Holiday weekend and in most places the number of warm sunny days throughout the fortnight was only six or seven.
Rugby Midland Station faced its heaviest holiday traffic on late Saturday afternoon and early evening. During that period trains were entering or leaving the station every three or four minutes and railway staff worked hard to keep the public moving and platforms clear for incoming trains.
The attractions of the seaside and foreign parts did not however compel everyone to leave the town for a whole week or two and day trips organised by the Midland Red were as popular as in previous years.
Tours including Cleethorpes, Hunstanton and Barry Island were the most popular.
25 years ago
August 13, 1987
Specialist consultants are being drafted in to examine Rugby’s shopping patterns and the likely effect of proposed new superstores.
Rugby council is calling on outside expertise to asses the impact if the Sainsbury’s and Safeway plans go ahead.
It will be the first time the borough council has employed consultants and the aim is to gain firm guidelines for future shopping policies.
“It is going to cost a lot of money, but that is an indication of how seriously we are taking this,” said chief planning officer Hayward Underhill.
The decision, yet to have approval of council members, has come in the light of a recent surge of interest by firms wanting to develop giant supermarkets in and around Rugby.
Tesco’s are well on target for an opening of their new store off Leicester Road early next year. And the council is currently considering proposals by Sainsbury’s for a store at Bilton Fields and by Safeway’s for a Bilton Road site, close to Bernhard’s garden centre.