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June 3, 1916
Several cases against employees of the BTH Company were held at the Coventry Munitions Tribunal. Four Rugby men were accused of failing to work diligently during shop hours and being found playing cards at about 6.45am on May 13. All pleaded guilty. The chairman said as this was the first case of playing cards at Rugby they would not inflict such heavy fines as they were doing in Coventry cases: WT Walters was fined 25s, CW Wilson 20s, A Griffin 10s and John Ridley 12s 6d.
June 3, 1966
Rugby ‘pop’ group Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours are among the first casualties of a new war the Musicians Union has declared upon pirate radio stations. The union, with 35,000 members, has forbidden its members to record any music which they know is to be played by the pirates. The ban hits particularly at the 1,000 or so ‘pop’ musicians who would normally be directly concerned with the offshore radio stations’ normal music output. Manager of Pinkerton’s Colours is Mr Reg Calvert of Rugby, who is also owner of the pirate radio station Radio City.
May 30, 1991
Easenhall was ablaze with union jacks, posies and smiling fces to welcome her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra last week. A cheering crowd of over 20 guests and dozens of school children congregated, awaiting the arrival of the princess who was visiting the village to officially open a new £8million centre. Members of BEN, the Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent fund, invited their royal patron to open their fourth new residential centre.