From the Advertiser archives - August 9 edition

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In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago

100 years ago

August 10, 1912

Mr Leon Vint has acquired the New Palace Theatre in Railway Terrace.

He intends to run it in conjunction with his present cinema at the Town Hall and will give variety turns and pictures twice nightly.

Hitherto, the management has been handicapped by the limited size of the stage at the Town Hall, but the more commodious one at the Theatre will afford facilities for producing more turns which require greater stage space, and which, of course are relatively more attractive and interesting.

It is also intended to produce from time to time the best of the musical comedies, also a pantomime at Christmas, and perhaps again in February.

Both places will be under the control of the present manager Mr John Lambert, who intends to open the theatre in the first week in September.

Mr Robert Slack, an aviator who is making a thousand miles tour of Great Britain is expected to arrive at Eastlands Show ground later today.

50 years ago

August 10, 1962

Work is to start almost immediately on the first two sections of the extension of the M1 Motorway - from Crick to Lutterworth - and from Lutterworth to Whetsone.

It is expected that the Ministry’s consulting engineers, Sir Owen Williams and Partners and Wimpeys, who have been awarded the first two contracts, will concentrate this year on the 36 bridges that have to be built.

The actual road laying is not likely to be started until next spring and given reasonable weather these two sections should be completed within two years. The cost is estimated at over £8.5million.

The complete motorway extension will have a total length of 86.5 miles.

At Crick, the two-level junction with the A428 will be completed by building bridges to carry the Motorway over the roundabout with sliproads on the northern side.

At Catthorpe a large skew bridge over the Motorway will be provided in readiness for the future link between the M1 and M6.

25 years ago

August 6, 1987

An era in local trading has come to an end. Rugby will no longer have a reminder of the great local figure, Sam Robbins - the man who started one of the oldest businesses in the town.

Sam Robbins, founded in 1903, has been put into voluntary liquidation and finally ceased trading last week.

Robin Shotter, grandson of Sam Robbins himself, said: “We’re very sad about it...we had known it was coming for a long time.”

He added that it was difficult to say why the business had closed down.

The company had three main stores in the town centre - the large furniture ship in Albert Street, the china shop in Sheep Street and the jewellers in Regent Street.

Sam Robbins has also owned an estate agency in Albert Street, a garage on Bilton Road and a petrol station on Corporation Street.

Sam Robbins, a former North Western Railway clerk, was managing director until his death in 1983.