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May 15, 1915
By sinking without warning the great Cunard liner Lusitania on Friday afternoon, a German submarine has committed the most infamous outrage of the ‘blockade’. The liner had 1,906 people on board and about 660 crew; and of these 1,134 lost their lives. Mr FW Wood, Market Place, Rugby has we regret to learn, been notified by telegram that his stepson Mr Percy Hefford, aged 34, second officer of the liner, is numbered among the missing.
May 14, 1965
During restoration work at the Hillmorton Parish Church, two wall paintings, which may date back to pre-Reformation times, have been discovered. The paintings are among a number of finds, which the vicar, the Rev PH Bennett said were turning up almost daily. They were discovered when plaster was being stripped off the walls of the 12th-century church. Other finds include three churchwarden’s pipes, one dating back to the 18th century, pottery from the mid-15th century and medieval pieces of glass.
May 10, 1990
A £500,000 appeal fund is being launched this week to save St Marie’s Church in Dunchurch Road, which has the tallest spire in Warwickshire. Parish Priest Father Brian Cuddihy said that the most urgent aspect of the restoration was the roof, which has to be fully repaired in the next 12 months at a cost of £125,000. He said the interior of the church would cost considerably more to restore and work could take up to eight years.