From the Rugby Advertiser archives, looking back 25, 50 and 100 years.
January 6 1912
IN RUGBY the birth of the New Year was celebrated in a variety of ways. Some appropriately spent the closing moments of 1911 in church, at impressive watch-night services.
Others waited for the New Year in the warmth of their own domestic hearths; whilst to many others the New Year came as they walked the streets, in a quiet respectable manner - they did not forget it was a Sunday night.
As New Years Eve happened to fall on Sunday evening the Scotch inhabitants of Rugby did not hold their annual ‘hogmanay’. Nevertheless a large gathering of the clans assembled in the Market Place, where in the shadow of the Clock Tower all joined hands and sung very heartily Auld Lang Syne. Hands were clasped in firm friendship, and the New Yeargreetings were expressed with all the fervour associated with the time and season.
A night-watch service was also held at St Matthew’s church at 11.15pm and nearly 700 people attended. The service was conducted by Rev RHL Keays.
January 5 1962
We have just passed through a most dangerous year. 1962 has all the signs of being just such another twelvemonth of international crisis and tensions.
We are no longer, as we were for a short period, the most powerful nation on earth. But we are still strong. The nuclear shield, of which a small minority is so critical has kept us safe. The country’s foreign policy continues to peruse two basic aims: to strive for peace by all means which do not jeopardize our freedom and to strengthen the Western Alliance. The Government has promised to continue to make Britain even stronger economically and also to seek membership to the Common Market. We will know the outcome of this before the year is out, but whatever happens in Europe we must expect to be met with fierce competition. As a nation we must consider carefully what great issues are now at state. Hard work, restraint and goodwill are needed in industry as never before. With their aid whatever crisis the year ahead may bring will be met.
January 19 1987
THAT Rugby had no black magistrates was described as undemocratic by a county councillor.
Cllr Doug Hall (Lab, Rugby Central)) said the town should have at least one magistrate “of Caribbean origin” because of the size of the town’s Caribbean community. For several years Cllr Hall said he had nominated persons from several parts of the community without success and that he was angry at the secret of the selection system. He said: “It has always been an old pals’ act, nobody knows how it operates apart from the people who are actually involved in the selection process.
Cllr Jim Shera, chairman of Rugby’s Community Relations Council, agreed. He said: “I dont think there is the excuse that there hasn’t been nominations from the Caribbean community and I’m quite astonished to see that so far no one from that community has been considered seriously.”
In 1987, anyone could be nominated to be a JP and nominations were decided upon by the Warwickshire Advisory Committee. However the membership of that committee was confidential.