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100 years ago
April 27 1912
The Advertiser details all the Titanic disaster memorial church services held at the parish church, Holy Trinity, St Marie’s, St Peter’s, Primitive Methodist, Baptist, Market Place and Wesleyan. Most reporting singing ‘Nearer my God to Thee’ and playing the Dead March in Saul.
The employees at Messrs Willans & Robinson started a collection which is up to £35.
The Rugby Salvation Army Bands will play selections of music this week when collections will be taken. A memorial service will be held at the Citadel, Castle Street on Sunday.
The proceeds of the second house at Vint’s Palace on Thursday were devoted to the Relief fund and amounted to £25 16s 11d. Local artistes included Elborow School Orchestra and physical culture display and Rugby Male Voice Choir.
Details from the United States Senate hearing said seaman Frederick Fleet was in the crow’s nest at the time of the disaster. He said he had no glasses as he had on the Oceanic his previous ship and that with glasses he would have seen the berg at a safe distance.
50 years ago
April 27 1962
£5,200 paddling pool - one foot deep in centre:
Easter saw the opening of the children’s paddling pool in Rugby Recreation Ground, but the weather was all against any formal inauguration of large-scale use.
The scheme, which cost about £5,200 consists of a reinforced concrete pool 70 feet long and 45 feet wide with a 10 feet wide tarmacadam paved area around the perimeter.
The water level in the pool varies from 9 inches at the edge to 1 foot at the centre, the total water capacity being about 18,000 gallons.
A filtration plant has been installed in the pumphouse.
A brick-constructed shelter 20 feet long and 12 feet wise has been provided with seating running continuously around the inside, in addition to which four Burma teakwood seats have been placed around the pool, giving adequate seating for parents.
The scheme was designed in the architects’ section of the borough engineer and surveyor’s department and was connstructed by Messrs C.T. Adams (Builders) Ltd.
25 years ago
April 23 1987
An 800-strong crowd lined the streets of Rugby as the town’s sixth annual passion play procession was enacted.
Lawrence Sheriff pupil Mattew Gould led the procession, which moved along Sheep Street and down High Street, ending at St Andrew’s Church.
Friday’s event began in the Baptist Church with a depiction of the Last Supper and then moved to Regent Street for the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus, played by Matthew, is betrayed.
Play co-ordinator George Heighton said the play had been a great success and the people of Rugby had responded well. It was organised by Rugby and District Council of Churches and was aimed to encourage church-goers of all denominations.
St Andrew’s Steel Band and representatives from the New Testament Church of God provided the musical entertainment. The Town centre provided the platform for the trail by Pontius Pilot, played by Peter Spencer.
Also pictured were Mike Nash, Helen Minton and Elizabeth Goddard.