In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
November 7, 1913
The 21st anniversary of the opening of the Locomotive Erecting Shop was celebrated on Saturday last week in splendid style by the staff and men engaged in the shop. The proceedings commenced at 5.30 with a dinner at the Peacock Hotel, when 118 sat down to a sumptuous spread prepared by Host Varnish. A smoking concert followed at 7.15, when practically the whole of the men employed in the shop was present, joining heartily in the choruses of all the songs, whether grave or gay.
November 7, 1963
Nearly 1,000 peak shopping time customers were hustled quietly but quickly out of the store of FW Woolworth & Co Ltd in High Street on Saturday, after Rugby police had received an anonymous phone call warning of a bomb in the building. Police raced there after the caller, believed to be an elderly man, had told them: “I have planted a bomb in Woolworth’s and it is timed to go off at 4.30pm.” At 4.45pm, when no bomb had been discovered Inspr RL Southern, decided to allow the store to reopen.
November 3, 1988
One of Rugby’s best-known and loved headteachers, Rosa Pigott, has died at her home at the age of 60. Her death, after a long illness, has brought sadness to a town which has been her home for more than 20 years. Miss Pigott retired as head of Bilton High School in July, ending a career in education spanning 40 years. She came to the town in 1965 to take over Westlands Girls’ Secondary School which later became Bilton High when it merged with Herbert Kay Boys’ School in 1977.