In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
January 23, 1915
More troops arrived on Tuesday and are being largely billeted in the St Matthew’s district of the town. They appear to be a fine lot of fellows and have already created a very favourable impression.
A whist drive, concert and lectures on astronomy were much appreciated by the soldiers, who also played a civilians eleven in a football match, winning 5-1. They are amazed at the heartiness of the welcome that has been accorded them. “We have never experienced so much kindness before. People seem to be competing with each other to make us welcome.”
January 22, 1965
Unannounced salary increases to more than 30 senior officials of Rugby Borough Council are costing the ratepayers of the town £4,247 a year.
Increases ranging from a few shillings a week to £7 10s for two top officials have been paid from July 1, but no one knows about it except the officers concerned and members of the council.
The all-powerful Finance and General Purposes Committee recommended the increases and a full council passed them, but the press and public were excluded from this part of the meeting.
January 18, 1990
Kwik Save looks set to take over Sainsbury’s former town centre store following months of speculation. The supermarket chain, which has three Rugby shops already, confirmed this week that it wants the prime site in the centre of Rugby. Kwik Save says negotiations with Sainsbury’s, who hold the lease, have been taking place. The news, which is the first time a party has publicly admitted interest, follows rumours that British Home Stores and Marks and Spencer might be moving in.