From the Advertiser archives - January 21 edition

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January 22, 1916

A correspondent writes: “I have been struck recently, since residing in Rugby, of the adverse criticisms rampant in reference to the New Lighting Order. I have heard it described in variants ranging from ‘superfluous’ to ‘absolutely ridiculous nonsense.’ Well I sincerely hope that these cavillers as to whether a lamp be lighted or blackened will not have an object lesson similar to that of the writer in a town, not on the coast, but sixty miles inland. Their disregard for Zeppelins would receive a rude shock!

January 21, 1966

Mr William Price, prospective Parliamentary Labour candidate for Rugby, has been refused permission to write to prisoners in San Quentin prison, California. During their holiday in California last October, Mr and Mrs Price visited the prison and acquired two ‘wild west’ wagons made by the inmates. They were featured in the Advertiser.

Mr Price sought the names of the prisoners to that he could express ‘British appreciation of the fine American workmanship.’ The prison have offered to convey his remarks to their arts and crafts instructor.

January 17, 1991

A parent started her bid in the High Court yesterday to save Wolston High School from closure. Maureen Bailey is claiming that Warwickshire County Council acted illegally when it decided to shut the school. In the High Court Stephen Sedley QC read from legal documents and government statutes which are the foundations of the school’s complaints. He challenged the legality of the procedures used and suggested several acts were breached.