Rugby Mayors celebrate borough’s 80th anniversary

Former Mayors & Members of the full council came together last night (Thursday), to commemorate 80 years to the day Rugby was awarded borough status, September 27 1932.
Former Mayors & Members of the full council came together last night (Thursday), to commemorate 80 years to the day Rugby was awarded borough status, September 27 1932.
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RUGBY’S mayors past and present got together to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the town being awarded borough status.

They gathered in the council chamber at Rugby Town Hall with current Mayor Cllr Kathryn Lawrence.

Former Mayors & Members of the full council came together last night (Thursday), to commemorate 80 years to the day Rugby was awarded borough status, September 27 1932.

Former Mayors & Members of the full council came together last night (Thursday), to commemorate 80 years to the day Rugby was awarded borough status, September 27 1932.

She said the anniversary, on Thursday, September 27, was “an historic occasion”.

Cllr Lawrence said: “It was a lovely evening and such an honour to welcome so many of our past mayors to celebrate the occasion.

“We were privileged to be able to see the original Letters Patent granting our coat of arms and this was yet another opportunity to celebrate Rugby.”

King George V granted the charter on August 8, 1932 and Mr Wise was named as charter mayor and Mr Loverock as deputy. Charter Day was October 19, 1932, when the Rt Hon Sir Austen Chamberlain brought the charter to Rugby.”

The robes the mayor wore at the celebration were made for the charter mayor and have been worn by every mayor since.

She said the chain worn by the charter mayor is now the chain worn by the deputy mayor.

“The mace was presented to the Borough by the Rugby Advertiser and was made by Thomas Fattorini of Birmingham at a cost of 10 guineas,” added Cllr Lawrence.

Rugby Local History Research Group has published an article which recounts the events of 1932 including extracts from the Advertiser.