From the Advertiser archives - August 22 edition

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August 23, 1913

Notwithstanding the abnormal dullness of the summer, the reports continue to show a remarkable absence of rain over practically the whole of the United Kingdom. For the past 11 weeks , the returns disclose an unusual deficiency in the frequence of rain days, which have been from 25 to 30 per cent less than the normal over half the kingdom. The position is not so acute as in 1911, but the semblance to that memorable year is too close to be contemplated without anxiety. Root crops are in a precarious state.

August 23, 1963

The largest tower crane to be used in Rugby - well over 100ft - is in sections awaiting assembly on the Oliver Street, Rounds Gardens site ready for erection of the town’s first multi-storey flats. In three blocks, the pre-fabricated concrete structures will provide a total of 221 dwellings for borough council tenants, will cost £667,000 and are due for completion in July. In April, contractors, Messrs C Bryant and Sons, Birmingham undertook to complete the first block in 40 weeks.

August 18, 1988

Hundreds of Rugby teenagers end their anxious wait for their GCSE results next week, but many employers may not know what their new qualifications mean. A new grading system is the result of streamlining of the old O-Level and CSE exams, but some businesses are confused about the difference between the grades and how they compare. 
“I think a large per cent of employers in the town don’t understand the new grades,” said Doug Hall, Rugby schools’ industry liaison manager.