In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
100 years ago
May 4 1912
Three Rugby boys, whilst out for a walk on Sunday morning in a field near Brownsover Mill Farm, came across the dead body of a newly born child, wrapped in a man’s shirt.
The police were informed and the body was removed to the mortuary. Inspector Lines is making enquiries, but there does not seem much hope of being able to ascertain the parentage as the body had evidently been in the field for more than a month.
An inquest was held at the police station on Tuesday afternoon.
The Coroner said he regretted the jury should have been called upon to view an atom of humanity in such an advanced state of decomposition.
Mr JW Lord, a juror, said he thought that an enquiry ought to have been held.
Those cases were becoming so numerous, he thought that was the third in the immediate neighbourhood in the last few months, no doubt the police would do their utmost to find the culprits if there were any. He felt that such a state of things did not lend any dignity to the town.
50 years ago
May 4 1962
Review by Jean Wilson: The play ‘The Shadow of Doubt’ by Norman King, this week’s choice of Rugby Theatre Society left a shadow of doubt in my mind about its receiving a popular reception from Rugby audiences.
Nakedness calls forth differing reactions. I can’t say that I found the stripping of a man’s soul, without any reason, as particularly entertaining or elevating; nor, in this case did I feel emotionally involved. I kept alert throughout the play because I was eager to know the outcome.
Edward Levy gives a fine performance as Arthur Denver, a discredited nuclear physicist.
Jean Graham has the difficult role of his wife.
A little, but barely sufficient light relief is provided by Pat Hart as Laura’s sister.
The production was in the hands of a newcomer Freddie Whitfield. Reg Coleman was stage manager; Brian Hampton in charge of scenic design, David Hope lighting, Teresa Courtney properties, Leslie Mason wardrobe, John Gosling make-up, Jacqueline Print prompter and Fred Smith theatre manager.
25 years ago
April 30 1987
The artistic side of the Rugby Lions’ coach is being put to the test when he submits a painting of England international Steve Brain to the National Portrait Gallery.
After four months of continual work, Geoff Stalker has finished the portrait, which has every chance of being snatched up by the London gallery.
It features 31-year-old Steve holding his white England shirt, with a row of the white Lions’ shirts hanging behind, in the changing rooms at Webb Ellis Road.
Geoff, who is moving to Rugby in September when his wife, Sandra takes up her position as deputy head at Harris High School, said he was pleased with the work.
He said: “I have known Steve a long time so it was one of the easiest paintings I have ever had to do because everything was right.”
Displaying his work at the National Portrait Gallery is as prestigious as showing it off at the Lincoln Centre in New York, where he has previously exhibited, but he said: “I would much rather have got an England cap!”