From the Advertiser archives - May 29 edition

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May 30, 1914

In order to celebrate Empire Day, Bohemian concerts were held at the Conservative Club, the Abbey Street Club and the New Bilton Conservative Club on Monday evening and were every successful in each case. At the Central Club, Capt Claude Seabroke presided. He said when the late King Edward visited Rugby the Daily Mail posters had referred to Rugby as the hub of the Empire and he did not think the editor was far wrong (laughter and applause) for Rugby sent some of her sons as soldiers to the outposts of the Empire and others in the Civil Service to all parts.

May 29, 1964

A ‘boarding party’ of War Office officials and Kent Police clambered on board a mid-sea ack ack fort off Southend yesterday. They told pop singer Screaming Lord Sutch, his Rugby manager Mr Reginald Calvert and the crew of teenage disc jockeys, that they were trespassing and that they must not go ahead with their plan to set up a ‘pirate’ radio station. The decision to oust the ‘enemy’ from their position came after a day of discussions between the War Department, MoD, Navy and Ministry of Transport.

May 25, 1989

As London lay crippled by the Plague , the tiny village of Shawell dug deep into its coffers to play its part in breathing new life into the capital. Now more than 350 years on, in the parish’s own hour of need, this generosity has been repaid by the Lord Mayor of London. He answered Shawell’s cry for help to save its Norman church tower and bells from ruin. A donation of £1,000 has been made, as a return favour to the village’s helping hand in 1625 when it sent £15-7s-0d to London impoverished by ye plague.