In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
January 30, 1915
Pte R Barnes, Scots Guards, of Harborough Magna, was formerly a goods shunter at Rugby Station. He went out with the Expeditionary Force and was wounded on October 29. Relating how he got his wound, he writes: “I should think the German casualties were about 15,000 to 20,000 dead and wounded that morning. But their shells burst over my head and I happened to be in the way of a shrapnel bullet, so it lodged itself in my arm and I was sent home. It was hiding behind my funny bone. I have an opinion that in the end the Allies will win by a very large majority.”
January 29, 1965
A hard-hitting editorial in February’s issue of Proscenium, Rugby Theatre’s journal, attacks apathy which exists in the town towards the theatre. “Rugby Theatre has been operating successfully for 15 years. This is not only good, it is remarkable considering the apathy which exists in the town towards it,” says the editorial. “We feel that people who complain that Rugby has nothing to do have not looked in Henry Street. We cannot accept that in a town of 55,000 people there are no more than a few hundred who are prepared to support the theatre.”
January 25, 1990
A major part of East Warwickshire College may be sold. The Clifton Road site - formerly Rugby High School - may have to go because of budget cutbacks. And the Advertiser understands that a bid has already been received from a potential buyer. College lecturers are furious at the plans which they say will involved moving hundreds of students to the Lower Hillmorton Road site. The possible sale was first discussed last year but was abandoned. Now with the Education Reform Act in April it is back on the agenda.