From the Advertiser archives - January 2 edition

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January 3, 1914

Christmas day at the Hospital of St Cross began, as usual, with the singing of carols in the wards by the nurses and after breakfast Dr Clement Dukes, the senior medical officer, as Father Christmas distributed presents among the patients. Dinner consisted of turkey, plum pudding and sweets etc. Mr Dukes carved for the adult patients who gathered in Benn Ward and Mr Eurich performed a similar duty for the children. Miss M Elsee decorated the chapel for the service conducted at 3pm.

January 3, 1964

Rumours that Miss Christine Keeler was going to settle in or near Leamington Hastings were scotched by the vicar, the Rev SE Verney, yesterday. He agreed that the rumours had been persistent in the village that Miss Keeler or someone acting for her, had bought a house: “All over the country these rumours are starting up and I have heard it in two or three parts of Britain. This, I am sure is a sign of sexual frustration in the British male. But I can assure you she has not taken a house here in the village.”

December 29, 1988

A Braunston woman and her husband, eyewitnesses of the Lockerbie air disaster are now caring for the American relatives of those who died in Britain’s worst air crash. Graham Byerley, a Daventry man and his wife, formerly June Clegg, have been running Lockerbie House Hotel since April. Their Georgian manor stands in a 78-acre site overlooking the small Scottish town. They have hosted the American ambassador to Britain and his wife in addition to journalists and television crews.