In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
February 7, 1914
What was undoubtedly the worst railway accident that has occurred at Rugby Station for many years took place about 8.20 on Wednesday night, when, as a result of a collision between the engines of two trains, a driver and a fireman lost their lives, the engine being overturned and smashed to an almost incredible degree. Fireman George Ashby’s death must have been almost instantaneous. Alfred Warden, the engine driver who was extensively scalded by steam died in Rugby Hospital on Thursday morning.
February 7, 1964
Mr Harold Morris, known to the musical world as Ted Morris, died suddenly at his home, 4 Cherry Grove, Rugby on Sunday at the age of 65. A player of the saxophone and clarinet, he played before the last war with many star name bands in London, including Ambrose and Jack Hilton. In 1940 he came to Rugby to work at AEI. With his wife, who played the piano, he formed part of the Cecil Aland trio and has played at many clubs and parties. In the summer, when he retired from AEI, the trio adopted his name.
February 2, 1989
The brave Rugby Lions bowed out in the third round of the Pilkington Cup 3-25 on Saturday after a long and hard-fought battle. But the crowd, approaching 4,000 supporters who came to cheer them on, will have one abiding memory of the courage of the team who came up against the star-studded cup holders Harlequins, who included England captain Will Carling. They were boosted by millions of viewers on BBC2’s Rugby Special programme which made it a day to remember for the town.