LOOKING BACK - September 12 edition

The Archers in Rugby in 1988
The Archers in Rugby in 1988

Archers unveil Brooke statue in 1988

Rugby’s permanent tribute to its famous son Rupert Brooke was finally unveiled on Saturday by Dr Mary Archer. And she was joined by her husband Jeffrey and son Will.

More than 500 people crowded around the spot in Rugby’s Jubilee Gardens as Dr Archer, who now lives in Brooke’s house in Grantchester, pulled back the cloth to reveal the bronze figure by sculptor Ivor Roberts.

“Rupert Brooke was born and bred in Rugby and we are welcoming him back today to his home,” she said.

Chairman of the Rupert Brooke Centenary Committee Dr Peter Miller opened the afternoon by thanking Rugby and the borough council for all their help. And Rugby Theatre regular John Woodford rounded off the day by reciting two of Brooke’s most famous poems as Brooke looked on.