LOOKING BACK - March 12 edition

The Rugby Advertiser office on the corner of Albert Street, decorated for Charter Day in 1932
The Rugby Advertiser office on the corner of Albert Street, decorated for Charter Day in 1932
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The Rugby Advertiser offices decorated for Charter Day in 1932

I couldn’t resist being a little bit indulgent this week, when I came across this wonderful old picture of our offices. I’d not seen it before, so thought I’d share my discovery!

A cycling club in the Charter Day procession

A cycling club in the Charter Day procession

It was taken in 1932 and the caption says the decorations were for Charter Day, which was on October 19 and celebrated the formation of Rugby Municipal Borough.

The Advertiser was already nearly 100 years old by then, having been established since 1846 by William Ironside Tait - which means next year will be our 170th anniversary. And it was printed here in those days too.

Charter Day was an incredible occasion for the town, a public holiday with a huge procession through the streets cheered on by thousands of people, ceremony at Whitehall Recreation Ground, fireworks and a big celebratory dinner. The next edition of the Advertiser was devoted entirely to it. Here are three more pictures below, which show a cycling club, a Symington’s corset factory float and crowds in High Street.

Zoe Ashton

Charter Day crowds in Rugby's High Street, outside the council Benn Buildings, which became Marks & Spencer

Charter Day crowds in Rugby's High Street, outside the council Benn Buildings, which became Marks & Spencer

The Symington's corset factory float in the procession

The Symington's corset factory float in the procession