In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
January 31, 1914
A parish meeting was held at the Church House, Bilton to consider the adoption oft he Lighting and Watching Act. Mr F Merttens said he had a letter from the Rugby Gas Company stating that the capital cost of lighting the road from the Rugby boundary to Bilton village with 14 lamps would be £38 12s, to light the village with 21 lamps £57 18s 6d and to light the new estate £24 16s 6d, with a total annual cost of £66. A 3d rate on the present rateable value of the village would produce £71, £5 more than the actual cost.
January 31, 1964
Seven years ago, a sturdy Scot from Brechin, Angus just out of his teens, turned out as goalkeeper for Coventry City Reserves, his first ever game for the Midlands club. That player was Jimmy Knox, skipper of Rugby Town, who on March 23 is being given a testimonial game at Oakfield when his side will play an All Star XI consisting of players from many of the top league clubs in the country. Jimmy is one of the mainstays of Rugby’s Southern League side and in his last three seasons he has only missed one game.
January 26, 1989
Rugby’s own sit-com star Arthur Bostrom - who shot to fame by speaking French badly - has revealed that he won prizes in the subject at school. Actor Mr Bostrom, star of the popular comedy ‘Allo Allo’ won the prestigious Alan Richards Memorial Prize for spoken French at Lawrence Sheriff School in, 1972 and 1973, the same year he became head boy. This year his former French teacher Bill Whitfield said: “He was a good lad and always quite talented at French. He passed his A-Level and did very well.