In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
June 21 1913
Mr Charles Appleton aged 42 of 72 Lawford Road, New Bilton, an assistant in the employ of Mr JJ McKinnell, grocer and provision merchant, Sheep Street, Rugby is mentioned in this week’s ‘Tit-Bits’ as the winner of the £500 prize for ‘Heads or Tails’. He said always had the strongest faith he would win a big prize and was determined to go on trying, even for ten years or more. The word he selected was ‘Inexpensive’ and from this, in accordance with the rules constructed the ‘Heads or Tails’ - ‘Everyday pleasantry’.
June 21 1963
A London firm who are enlarging a canal boat dock at Braunston will take over all the existing fleet of canal cargo boats operated by British Waterways in the next six months. Willow Wren Canal Transport Services , who already have a staff of eight employed at Braunston, are planning to reduce freight charges for goods carried on their boats, up to 3/-a ton when the British Transport Commision’s decision to abolish the 300-year-old system of canal tolls comes into operation next month.
June 16 1988
Schools athletics turned its back on Rugby this week. For the first time in 30 years the Town’s Schools Athletics Championships will not be held in Rugby. Administrators gave a ‘strong reminder’ to Rugby that the town does not provide modern standards of athletic facilities in its grass track.
And headmasters of Rugby schools have backed them.
They have given their youngsters a half day next Thursday in order to travel to compete – at Leamington.