From the Advertiser archives - December 25 edition

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December 26, 1914

Mr and Mrs Wise of Kilsby received a letter from the King on Monday morning congratulating them upon the fact that they have five sons serving with the colours - four in the navy and one in the army.

There are now well over 30 men from Kilsby homes now serving and residents have not been unmindful of them this Christmas-time. Helmets, mufflers, socks, mittens, tobacco and cigars have been judiciously distributed. In all more than 400 articles have been sent out. Grateful and touching letters have been received in acknowledgement.

December 25, 1964

A booming, buoyant, best-ever Christmas with trade ‘marvellous’, ‘excellent’ and ‘better than ever’. That’s the view of some shop managers and owners in Rugby. Although prices of a variety of goods have risen in the past few months. There are still broad smiles and ringing cash registers in local grocery shops. “People are buying, no matter what,” said one manager. Even those shops where trade had got off to a slow start were finding that business was improving. One grocer suggested turnover up 25 per cent.

December 21, 1989

Rugby Lions 25 Harlequins 22: Richard Pell, at his inspirational best led his side to a famous first victory over Division One Harlequins at a windy Webb Ellis Road on Saturday, Harlequins appeared to have the game sewn up with a half-time lead of 19-0 but the second half brought about a remarkable fightback by Lions. Rugby had a notable contribution in a Mapletoft family combination, with father Neil and son Mark lining up in a historic double act. Sadly Mark, outstanding for an hour, suffered a broken jaw in a tackle.