Looking back from archives 101, 50 and 25 years ago
101 years ago
October 25 1910
A CHILD on the stage: Henry Horton, electrician, Leicester, was summoned for employing a child, Phillis Pegg, under the age of 14 years, between the hours of 9pm and 6am at Rugby without a licence on September 29. Defendant did not appear. PC Lowe stated that at 10pm on the day named he visited the Empire Theatre in Castle Street and saw the girl dressed in some sort of uniform up on stage, singing. On asking her age she said eleven years last Christmas. He afterwards saw defendant, who admitted that he employed the child at £1 a week, and had no licence to do so. Defendant was fined 8s 6d.
BAD language in New Bilton: Rose Fletcher, single mum, New Bilton was overheard by PC Hunt, quarrelling with a man in a home she rented with the man. PC Hunt described the language as filthy and approached the house in which defendant was standing. On being told by the officer she would be reported, she used some more. She worked at a laundry and earned 5s a week. She was fined 5s.
50 years ago
October 20 1961
POLICE, fire and ambulance brigade units, together with volunteer workers of the Civil Defence, St John Ambulance Brigade, Red Cross and welfare and hospital services handled 60 “casualties” from the scene of a “rail crash” on Sunday morning, despite being hampered by dense fog.
The staged “accident”, arranged by the local mass disaster committee to test the organisation of nearby rescue services, happened at Napton Station.
The engine of an excursion train had become derailed at the station and rolled over the embankment, creating a fire risk. The casualties were made up of members of the civil defence organisation and the general public, including a number of school children.
They were taken, in theory only, by ambulance to hospitals in Nuneaton, Warwick, Leamington, Stratford, Coventry and Rugby. Inspector Southern, of the Rugby Police Division, told the Advertiser the exercise fulfilled its purpose of testing the organisation of the essential voluntary services.
25 years ago
October 23 1986
LABOUR and Alliance councillors are to plead Warwickshire’s financial case with Westminster after news of a £5m cut in government grant. They are calling for face to face talks with a government minister. But the county’s Conservative group has refused to join the delegation which aims to gain the support of Warwickshire MPs.
Tory leader John Vereker blamed the massive cutback on a “spend, spend, spend” policy by Labour and the Alliance. County leader Phil Blundell hit back saying: “Warwickshire should be getting its fair share of taxpayers’ money.”
A large proportion of the cash would be spent on education and social services and the agreed figure is the minimum acceptable to the ruling Labour group. The cutback could force a rate rise for householders of up to ten per cent - this is on top of last year’s 20 per cent rise.
Cllr Vereker said the Tories would be looking for a rate rise close to inflation. He said: “We are in favour of improving services in line with what we can afford.”