From the Advertiser archives - January 8 edition

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January 9, 1915

In a letter home, Napton soldier Pte Sheasby says that they were ordered to some new trenches. “We hadn’t been there many minutes before we started shouting the compliments of the season to the Germans who were entrenched about 250 to 300 yards in front, and to our surprise they shouted back: “Hello! you English, if you won’t fire we won’t over Christmas” so of course we shouted: “All right; we won’t fire till you do.” Of course, the sentries were at their posts just the same; but we felt more free.

He continues: “We hardly expected them to keep to their word; but there was not a shot fired that night by us or by the Germans opposite, although there was firing going on, on our right and left. The next morning, as soon as it got light and we had had breakfast, we took a walk through our barbed wire entanglements and met them half way between the two trenches. After handshakes and ‘A Merry Christmas’ we exchanged cigars and cigarettes, and all had a chat and smoke together. I took a drop of whiskey and we had a drink. They were very eager after the whiskey you bet; and they also seemed very eager after food too.

Our officer came out and took our photograph; about 20 of us, Germans and British mixed together, and he has promised me one if he can get them away to be done. We fixed things up that neither side would fire on the other unless we were ordered to.”

January 8, 1965

Rugby Borough Library’s picture lending scheme has already taken 4,987 bookings for 1965, and expects that more people will join the scheme during the year. This year, for the first time borrowers have been given the alternative of keeping a picture for two months instead of one. Taste is changing too, with a swing from the Post Impressionists to more modern painters. Picasso and Graham Sutherland have increased in popularity this year. Reproductions of the old masters retain their appeal too.

January 4, 1990

A furniture saleroom in Rugby town centre may be turned into a courtyard type of shopping arcade. The site is in Little Church Street, near the back of Marks and Spencer. Spokesman for the Rugby saleroom, Michael Seaman said the present type of frontage would be completely retained if the plan is approved. It is intended to convert a first-floor balcony storage area into a restaurant. The furniture saleroom has occupied the building for 20 years. The firm plans to move to one of the industrial estates.