From the Advertiser archives: March 22 edition

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100 years ago

March 23 1912

None could have desired a more enthusiastic welcome than was accorded Mr John Baird MP at Dunchurch on Saturday. Much improved in health as the result of a sojourn in Egypt, the Member for the Division attended a smoking concert at the Dun Cow Hotel and spoke with vigour for about three-quarters of an hour on the coal strike and political topics of the day.

The concert was promoted by the Dunchurch Conservative and Unionist association.

Mr Baird said the basis of the whole of our trade and industry was coal. The coal industry had been going through a crisis which was bound to affect in a very large degree all of our industries and indeed lives.

The coal-miners were some of the best paid men in the country and their occupation was so economically sound that men were leaving other trades for it.

They had come out on strike with a view to obtain what was known as an individual miniumum wage and that opened a door to the Trade Unions in a manner which hitherto they had entirely escaped.

50 years ago

March 23 1962

None could have desired a more enthusiastic welcome than was accorded Mr John Baird MP at Dunchurch on Saturday. Much improved in health as the result of a sojourn in Egypt, the Member for the Division attended a smoking concert at the Dun Cow Hotel and spoke with vigour for about three-quarters of an hour on the coal strike and political topics of the day.

The concert was promoted by the Dunchurch Conservative and Unionist association.

Mr Baird said the basis of the whole of our trade and industry was coal. The coal industry had been going through a crisis which was bound to affect in a very large degree all of our industries and indeed lives.

The coal-miners were some of the best paid men in the country and their occupation was so economically sound that men were leaving other trades for it.

They had come out on strike with a view to obtain what was known as an individual miniumum wage and that opened a door to the Trade Unions in a manner which hitherto they had entirely escaped.

25 years ago

March 19 1987

A second sports centre could be built in Rugby within ten years.

And campaigners battling against the Road through the Rec say work on the new access to the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre should not start until the full implications of the proposal are thought out.

A secret report to the borough recreation and amenities committee says the development at Rugby School would begin with a £180,000 all-weather games facility.

Work on the project is expected to start in July. Further phases of the plan, include a sports centre and indoor pool.

The hush-hush report says that officers consider the scheme is “an ideal opportunity to achieve a much-needed recreation facility.”

Coun Peter Mooney said that if the sports centre proposal went ahead then spending on an access road through the Whitehall Recreation ground would be a “complete waste of money.”

The sports council has already agreed to give £40,000, providing it is open to the public and council £20-25,000.