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August 30, 1913
Considered to be the most modern playhouse in the Midlands, the new cinema in Henry Street, Rugby, to be known as the Empire, will be opened on September 10. The hall will accommodate, with the balcony, about 750 persons and will be furnished throughout with red plush tip-up chairs. The motor generator and electrical fittings have been supplied by the BTH Company. Much taste has been displayed in the decoration of the interior, the scheme being of white and gold with tinted effects and a dark frieze.
August 30, 1963
The most up to date residential school for educationally handicapped children in the country is being built at Easenhall and is expected to be open in January. The school, Town Thorns, has been closed for two years. It was originally housed in a large country house built for the bother of Stonewall Jackson of American civil war fame, on a 25-acre site. The old building is now being converted into flats and bed-sitting rooms for the staff and the new school, costing more than £140,000, adjoins it.
August 25, 1988
Sprinter Katharine Merry crashed through a big athletics barrier in Wales on Saturday. Running as the youngest ever girl in a Great Britain vest, the 13-year-old from Dunchurch clocked a possible new age-group record of 11.79s to finish second to a 19-year-old. The Bilton High School girl, who now runs for Birchfield Harriers, is the national schools junior champion. She helped the 4x100m GB&NI junior team to finish second and the points boosted Great Britain to win the Cwmbran event.