From the archives: Newbold vicar killed in tug-of-war contest

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Here’s our latest look back at the Advertiser archives from 100, 50 and 25 years ago...

June 13, 1914

There are at present about 20 cases of mumps at Rugby School and it is likely that a considerable number more will take it, especially between June 18th and 25th. These boys will be in a highly infectious condition for several days before the complaint shows itself. It has therefore been decided, with much regret, that the usual arrangements for Speech Day on June 20th must this year be abandoned. It was not held in the year oft he Coronation of King George V but as far as we can ascertain there is no record of it ever being abandoned on account of infectious ailments.

June 12, 1964

More than 300 sympathisers attended the funeral service at St Botolph’s Church, Newbold-on-Avon on Wednesday for the Rev. Arthur Robert Rankine, vicar of Newbold and Long Lawford who died last Thursday.

Mr Rankine, who was 34 and described as a ‘quiet, conscientious, disciplined man of prayer, who had made a deep impression on many people’ collapsed during a tug of war contest at St Margaret’s Presbyterian Church garden party.

Ordained priest in 1979, he had been at Newbold since 1959 was previously a curate at Bilton for three years.

June 8, 1989

Voters go to the polls next week to elect their Euro MP for the next five years. 
Rugby is part of the Midlands Central constituency, which is a marginal seat currently held by the Conservatives. 
In 1984 John de Courcy Ling held onto his seat with a majority of 12,720. European elections have a notoriously low turnout, 32 per cent in both 1984 and 1979. 
The other candidates are Christine Oddy (Labour), Iain Cundy (Democrat) and Janet Alty (Green).