From the Advertiser archives - December 11 edition

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December 12, 1914

Some people have most extraordinary ideas as to what the solider at the front really needs. Such things as patent egg boilers, manicure sets, book rests and slippers are rather out of place. What our lads appreciate are writing materials such as pads and envelopes, letter cards etc and most of all a good fountain pen. A special writing 14/- kit for men on active service has been prepared and includes a Swan Safety Fountain Pen which may be carried in any position without leaking and 50 ink tablets - one dissolved in a pen full of water provides a pen full of ink.

December 11, 1964

One of Britain’s most versatile entertainers, Roy Castle, who is appearing in the Birthday Show at Coventry Theatre, made special mention of a Rugby shop manager during a performance last week. Manager of Boots the Chemist, High Street, Rugby for the past 20 years, Mr FH Williams of Sidney Road, treated over 70 members of his staff and friends to the evening performance. Mr Williams, who retires on January 2nd, took his party in two coaches. Mr Castle found out about Mr Williams’s generosity and retirement and mentioned this before a full house.

December 7, 1989

Rugby MP Jim Pawsey took an unexpected trip when he got stuck in a train packed with Christmas shoppers. Some 500 people crammed into the special charity train, bound for London. But poor Mr Pawsey, who only went to wave them off, stayed on a little too long saying goodbye. He travelled all the way to Northampton before disembarking, buying a ticket and returning to Rugby. The train was organised as part of a Rugby Webb Ellis Road Table charity event. Cheap tickets sold well and raised £1,500 .