In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
100 years ago
November 23, 1912
Fancy dress carnival at the skating rink: Rinking seems to be more popular than ever in Rugby this season, and an even larger measure of success than was anticipated attended the first fancy dress carnival at the Rink on Thursday evening last week.
More tickets had been sold than on any previous occasion and there were over 200 skaters in costume.
The commodious Rink, with its mirrors around, lends itself admirably to a colour display and that something out of the ordinary was anticipated can be judged by the large crowd of onlookers.
The characters were, perhaps, not so varied as on some previous occasions, but there were picturesque and pretty dresses, the whole making a pleasing picture to the eye.
The Rink orchestra (augmented) under Mr R Walters, gave some pleasing music and the event was much enjoyed by skaters and spectators alike.
50 years ago
Cawston House, formerly the country home of Lord John Scott, later restored and enlarged by the Earl of Inchcape and then used as a girls’ school, which stands in grounds covering 11 acres on the outskirts of Rugby, is now a large-scale scientific research and development unit, established during the past two years by Associated Engineering Ltd, to serve its group of companies.
The house and site were purchased in 1960 by the £22million associated engineering, one of the world’s largest groups of engine component manufacturing concerns, which employs 15,000 people.
Over 60 journalists of the technical press visited the establishment last week, when they were conducted on a tour of the numerous departments.
They were welcomed by the chairman of the group, Mr HR Moore.
Cawston House research centre has cost £400,000 to establish and employed there is a scientific and administration staff of 75 working to an initial budget of about £200,000 a year.
25 years ago
November 19, 1987
Rugby Council has overcome its identity crisis with the launch of a new logo.
Different departments have developed their own identities in the past, but now they are united under the sign of the pale green rugby football.
Imposed upon it is the council name in a darker shade of green to create an image which the council hopes will help promote the borough and help residents recognise the services it provides.
The logo will eventually appear on all stationery, vehicles, uniforms, protective clothing and signboards. Work on the development of the corporate identity began earlier in the year when a working party of six officers was set up.
Austin Knight Advertising Ltd won the contract and they unveiled their work at a presentation on Tuesday evening.
The development and implementation cost the council £8,000 but chief executive John Lawton stressed there would be no waste in its introduction as existing stocks would be used up first.