In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
100 years ago
March 30 1912
The coal strike: L&N-W Railway train service: The passenger train service on this system has almost arrived at extinguishing point. The whole of the time tables have been suspended and an entirely new service of trains substituted, so that it is more than ever necessary that great care should be taken before a journey to see what chance there is of completing it.
The closing of the Rugby Portland Cement Works on Saturday resulted in about 230 men having to cease work, leaving only a few who are doing repairs. Fortunately a considerable number have allotments and with the fine weather will be able to keep themselves usefully occupied for a short time, at any rate.
Coal stocks in the hands of dealers in Rugby have now got down to the lowest ebb and the Co-operative Society has cleared out altogether.
Both at BTH and Messrs Willans & Robinson’s the impression prevails that the forthcoming Easter holiday close-down of the factories will be prolonged unless the strike is settled.
50 years ago
The Mayor’s Message from AEP Page: ‘Can’t afford to mark time’.
“It is with very great pleasure I commend to the people of Rugby the Ideal Home and Trades Exhibition which I shall be opening in the Benn Memorial Hall on Wednesday next, April 4th (until April 14th)
This exhibition, supported by Rugby Chamber of Commerce, is the first of its kind here. It is pleasing to know that because of the fine response from Rugby tradespeople it will overflow into a large frame tent as an annex.
“One only has to look round the central parts of Rugby to realise the changes and improvements that are being brought about in shopping facilities in the town. This is a good thing for Rugby cannot afford to mark time while other Midland towns push forward.”
Special attractions: fashion parades daily by Yates & Co, Regent Street. Leslie Welch, the famous memory man; The parachute regiment’s fan exit trainer and Zaraeda, the man with the x-ray eyes.
Admission Adults 1/6d; children 9d.
25 years ago
March 26 1987
Sports news this week included:
Moves to provide the money for revamping VS Rugby’s Butlin Road clubhouse and ground have been revealed by chairman Tony Heath.
The club’s AGM on Friday decided to increase the issued share capital of the company in an effort to raise £50,000 which will be used mainly for improvements.
Each successful season brings new requirements to develop the ground.
The team should be playing in the Southern Premier League next season and could conceivably be a league club in future. The 50,000 shares, with a maximum 1,000 to any shareholder are now available.
Newbold Colt hooker Richard Cockerill has been selected for the England Schools U16 squad for their game against Portugal next month. The squad will later tour Italy.
Robert Thompson, 21, of Ashlawn Road has been invited to represent Great Britain in a six-nation hockey tournament in Malaysia.