100 years ago: March 29, 1913
“If you do not consult the Charity Commissioners, we will.” Such was the attitude adopted towards the trustees of the Bilton Common Land by the allotment holders who attended the annual parish meeting. The trustees have decided to increase the rents of the plots, to which many of the tenants are strenuously opposed. Other matters were considered at the meeting, but it was clear this was the burning question, and it was intimated that the holders were determined not to accept the decision.
50 years ago: March 29, 1963
Miss Jean Morton, ATV’s charming announcer, abandoned her ‘little box’ on Saturday night to open the New Bilton and District Conservative Club’s new £8,000 hall. After performing the ceremony, she walked through the crowded hall to the bar, where she pulled a pint of bitter which Mr AR Wise, MP for Rugby, downed in 13 seconds flat. Miss Morton, in a speech spiced with humour, admitted she had never visited the “Happy Valley” before. She said television was great boon to old people.
25 years ago: March 24, 1988
The clouds parted and the sun shone on Rugby for the long-awaited arrival of Princess Diana. From early morning, hundreds lined the street in the hope of getting a glimpse of the royal guest. And at just past midday, the regal convoy made its way down Little Church Street. As the cars came into view, cheers of excitement replaced the silence of anticipation. Before the Princess made her way into the buildings of Herbert Gray College, she delighted fans by making an unexpected stop to thank them.