In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
March 13, 1915
Dear Sir, I should like the people of Rugby to know that I have this week received many letters of thanks and appreciation from men on his Majesty’s ships now engaged in this war. They show that only a mouth organ can do a lot to cheer our soldiers and sailors during the time they are in the trenches or waiting patiently on their ships for the enemy. I have received letters from men on the following ships, thanking me for the mouth organs sent from Rugby: Active, Adamant, Africa, Blanche, Cochrane, and Arethusa.
Yours very sincerely, Frank Browning, Coton House, Rugby.
March 12, 1965
Rugby to London in 66 minutes and the cost? Just over £3 a week. That is the prospect ahead when Rugby becomes part of a ‘commuters’ paradise’. There will be much faster and more frequent train services when the electrification of the main line from London Euston to the North West is completed on April 18, 1966. Expresses to London will take 66 minutes and stopping trains one hour 40 minutes. The annual second class season ticket costs £168 12s. The car park at present catering for 100 cars, will be enlarged to take 300.
March 8, 1990
A complete and permanent no-smoking ban is to be placed on all Midland Red bus passengers in Rugby. The company’s new policy will be launched on National No-Smoking Day on March 14. A fleet of some 35 buses will be affected by the ban, but the company is not worried about losing passengers. District manager Michael Payne said it had received may complaints about the smokey atmosphere on buses and hoped dedicated smokers would understand and accept the situation in the interests of the majority.