Singer blinded by bottle of smelling salts: From the Archives, May 23 edition

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A selection of tales from the Rugby Advertiser from years gone by...

100 years ago - May 24, 1913

Mr Arthur Woodhams, a well-known vocalist, has for the time being lost his sight as the result of a remarkable accident. He had warmed by the fire a bottle of smelling salts to loosen the stopper, and was testing the bottle to see if the object had been achieved when the stopper flew out, and the gas expelling it entered his eyes with such violence as to entirely take away the sight. A medical examination favours the hope that the injury is restricted to the surface of the eyes, and that in time vision may return.

50 years ago - May 24, 1963

Gleaming green and sounding its whistle “The Flying Scotsman” was watched by dozens of people from various vantage points as it passed through Rugby on Saturday morning hauling the Gainsborough Model Railway Society Special from Lincoln to Southampton – 12 minutes later than had been announced. It was only the second appearance of this celebrated Gresley Pacific, No. 4472 since it was bought from British Railways for £3,000 by Mr Alan Pegler, of Blyth, Nottinghamshire.

25 years ago - May 18, 1988

Staff at the Rugby office of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau are being snowed under with customers worried about serious debt problems. Manager Sheila Gibbs said: “We are now getting at least two new cases every week. The sort of cases we are getting involved in are those earning around £100 a week with debts of between £10,000 and £15,000.” Many cases are brought to the bureau because the male wage earner has left the house with a single parent and family. The bureau also warned against easy credit.