In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
November 6, 1915
Sir, I think the following example of Christian charity deserves publicity. A certain farmer in this district was driving into Rugby when he was asked by a lady from a cottage nearby to give her son a lift, as he got badly damaged at the Front and was unable to walk properly. The son hobbled to the scene, but the farmer said: “I can’t help your troubles” and then drove on. It may be of interest that he has strong, healthy sons who have not yet answered their country’s call. Yours truly, ‘Astonished’.
November 5, 1965
An inquest will be held at Rugby on December 1 on a 14-year-old Louth schoolboy in the ‘boy in the barn fire case’ though no body has been found. “It will be the first inquest I have been involved in where no body could be found,” said Dr Stephen Tibbits who has been Mid-Warwickshire Coroner since 1943. The boy spent the night in the barn with a friend after they had run away from school. The other boy escaped with burns when the blaze swept through 400 tons of hay on September 22.
November 1, 1990
Developers wanting to build a £35million new shopping centre in Rugby have been given until the end of November to get their act together. Plans for the Chapel Street development have been re-arranged on many occasions but still the new building would not link with the current Rugby centre. Council leader Gordon Collett remains sceptical about the future of the longed-for improvement to Rugby’s shopping facilities.