From the Advertiser archives - February 20 edition

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February 21, 1914

Great Unionist meeting: An audience of 3,000 at Rugby Skating Rink was the best that has been held in Rugby for years. In conclusion, Rugby MP Mr John Baird said with the utmost sincerity that never in his recollection had Europe been in a graver state than now. Everything might appear all right on the surface, but problems were arising for solution in which we should be vitally interested and unless we were strong and could speak in the councils of the nations with the united voice of Great Britain, we should not be able to maintain our position.

February 21, 1964

British Railways intend that all passenger and parcel services on the Great Central line between Calvert, Bucks and Killamarsh near Sheffield - serving Rugby Central Station - will be withdrawn at the end of the summer time-table this year, according to well-informed sources. It is also believed that freight services on the line will be withdrawn in phases during next year. 
Although plans to close the station have been known for some time, this is the first time the suggestion has been made that freight services should be discontinued.

February 16, 1989

Barby residents have praised speedway star villager Tommy Knudsen and sent good luck messages to Australia after he suffered an horrific high speed crash. The Coventry Bees captain was seriously injured after he fell from his bike during a race in Australia. Now he faces months of treatment to his back before he will be able to walk again, after an operation for two crushed vertebrae. Knudsen, 27, of Ware Road, Barby was showered with messages of goodwill from residents of the quiet village yesterday.