In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
100 years ago
May 18 1912
Crow Pie Wake: This old-time festival, which falls on the Sunday after the 5th of May, came as late as it was possible this year and, coincidentally, the spring being earlier than usual, the great variety of trees and shrubs which make the surroundings of Bilton so picturesque were in full leaf and the chestnuts profusely in bloom.
On Sunday morning there was an innovation in the shape of a church parade. The Bilton Band, about 24 strong, played to church, followed by the banner of Court Loyal George AOF and several officers in regalia; the Bilton troop of boy scouts, in charge of Scoutmaster Wharton and the Sunday School children.
In the evening the band gave a concert on the Green. On Monday evening amusement was afforded by Thurston’s entire show, which was located in Mr Beasley’s field near the Lawford Road, and the Bilton Band played for dancing on the bowling green at the George Inn to which over 200 paid for admission. The itinerants in the street were less numerous than usual, and trade did not seem to be very brisk with them.
50 years ago
May 18 1962
Players, officials and supporters of Rugby Town AFC celebrated their success in gaining promotion to the Premier Division of the Southern League by holding a dinner and dance in the Masonic Hall on Saturday.
Mr AJ Scamp, president of the club and of the supporters, proposed a special toast to the chairman Mr KE Norman and Mrs Norman, who will soon be leaving the town.
Mr Norman stated that his sights had been high and he hoped that his successor would keep his aim as high as possible. They should try for League status and their own stadium, neither of which was beyond them.
Twenty-five years ago Ipswich, the League champions were in the Southern League.
Mr EA Eden, Birmingham County FA vice-president said Rugby were exceedingly lucky to have Mr Eric Houghton is their manager and he was sure they would “go places and do great things” and make the club a name of which all would be proud.
The club’s success had been achieved by calling on only 17 players, with Bob Ward and Jack Kendall the trainers.
25 years ago
May 14 1987
Rugby rolls out the red carpet today (Thursday) for Royal visitor Princess Anne.
The popular princess will arrive at Swift Valley-based Lumonics Ltd at 1.45pm where she will be greeted by the Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshrie Charles Smith-Ryland.
She will also meet Rugby mayor Prue Miller and her consort, and Rugby MP Jim Pawsey, after which she will tour the company and see samples of work produced.
The royal party will then drive the short distance to the town’s gymnastics club where a variety of displays will be carried out.
Princess Anne is the first Royal to visit the town for a number of years.
At about 3.40pm HRH will unveil a commemorative plaque marking her visit before leaving the town.
* A brand new school for Brownsover looks certain to be built within the next three years. The additional first school will mean an end to overcrowding at Boughton Leigh first school where six temporary classrooms are currently in use.