In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
100 years ago
June 1 1912
Reports from the two railway stations in the town go to show that bookings for the Whitsun holiday exceeded expectations and compared favourably with previous years.
Including day trips, approximately 4,500 persons left the North-Western Station on Saturday and Monday.
The round figures give some idea of where Rugby people went to: Excursions: London 220, Leamington 240, Northampton 80, Birmingham 85, Manchester 40, North Wales 45, Scotland 25, Blackpool 20. Ordinary fares: Coventry (for Coombe Park) 830, Birmingham 260, Brandon 120, Nuneaton 100, Manchester 20.
The Great Central had an increase in bookings over last year. Oxford, Reading, Banbury, Stratford were well patronised. The line is also a popular one to the North East Coast and altogether there were nearly 100 tickets issued to Scarborough, Filey, Bridlington etc. Cleethorpes claimed 40. Bournemouth was popular with about 30. A trip to the West, Exeter, Bristol, Weston Supermare had about 50. There were also 80 to London.
50 years ago
June 1 1962
Space flight recorded by Radio Station: About one hundred tape recording enthusiasts from clubs in the Midlands attended a convention organised by Rugby Amateur Tape Recording Society at the Red Lion last Thursday night.
Opening their third convention, Mr JO Bannister (president of the Rugby Society) said this was the largest so far and an indication of the keenness in the tape recordings movement.
What better night than that, he went on, to hold a tape recording convention when all that day tape recording had been going on all over the world, relaying over radio and television the space flight of the American astronaut. The recording and distribution had been done through Rugby Radio Station.
He felt an evening was too short for a real get together of tape enthusiasts and hoped to organise a full day next year.
Reviewing the past year in Rugby Mr M Brown (secretary) said the society had done a lot of location recording.
There were three special guests at the convention, all connected with national tape recording journals.
25 years ago
May 28 1987
At least 500 new jobs could be created at Ryton by the French-owned Peugeot Talbot decision to step up the family saloon car battle with a new model.
The Peugeot 405, unveiled in Paris on Tuesday, will be built at Ryton, where a spokesman said: “This could well mean 500 more jobs this time next year.
The British built 309 and the popular 205 increased the company’s share of the market to almost five per cent last month. The 205 was the 10th best seller in the United Kingdon. Both are built at Ryton.
Prior to the arrival of the Peugeot-Talbot company, the Ryton car plant had a checkered history with considerable job losses and frequent fears of closure of the plant.
In recent months new jobs have been created because of the demands for the 309 and the 405.
*Jobs and young people are on the top priority list of Rugby’s new mayor Coun Reg French. Retiring mayor Coun Prue Miller wished him good luck for his year of office.