From the Advertiser archives - July 7 edition

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July 8, 1916

On Monday afternoon some alarm was caused in Albert Street and Church Street by a runaway pony and governess car, belonging to Mr W Ellis. A drive into the country had been arranged by Mr Jones of the Alexandra Arms, James Street. The pony was standing outside his house when it suddenly bolted. It dashed around the corner and striking the kerb near Messrs Blackham’s shop broke the axle of the wheel and crashed into a plate glass window 8ft square doing £15 worth of damage. Fortunately no one was hurt although the pony’s nose was cut.

July 8, 1966

Representatives of four of the more important sports clubs in the town have come out in favour of forming a sports council, comprising club officials and members of Rugby Borough Council, as soon as possible. Councillor Ken Marriott has expressed himself in favour of going ahead with the formation of a sports council before plans for a sports centre are carried any further. He feels this would lead to general economies, and reduce the risk of overlapping with different clubs pressing for, or providing, the same amenities.

July 4, 1991

One of the most famous days in Rugby’s history was enjoyed by thousands of people on Saturday. The launch of the Rugby World Cup and the town’s carnival held centre stage. Hundreds of schoolboys demonstrated the early techniques of the game, joined by musical superstar Michael Ball, who sang a specially written anthem and the RAF parachute display team, who dropped in with the rugby ball in which headmaster Michael Mavor put his message which will travel across five nations.