From the Advertiser archives - March 5 edition

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In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago

March 6, 1915

Friday, February 26th 1915 was a great day with the Congregationalists at Rugby, it being exactly 50 years since the first service as an established congregation was held in the Court Room of the town hall; and naturally it was looked upon as a fitting opportunity for reunion and rejoicing. The church in Rugby started in a very humble and unassuming way. But it has never looked back and has ever gone on its way increasing in numbers and usefulness.

March 5, 1965

On Wednesday night, the 18th anniversary of the worst blizzard in living memory, five inches of snow fell in Rugby and so seriously affected the working of Rugby Station that it was described by a London official as the worst hit station from Euston to Carlisle. Some trains were seven hours late and because of the difficulty in getting through Rugby the 10am Royal Scot to Edinburgh had to be cancelled. Tuesday was not only the coldest day of the winter (33 degrees Fahrenheit), it was the coldest March day since records began in Rugby 86 years ago.

March 1, 1990

A night of storms brought Rugby’s worst rail service disruption since the war. Services to Euston were abandoned and an overnight southbound Anglo-Scottish sleeper was marooned at Rugby and passengers stranded for more than five hours. At one stage the station gates were closed and all services suspended because of an unsafe glass roof over the main platforms. Crews from Rugby worked all night and all day Monday to re-open lines affected by the 90mph gales.