From the archives

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Looking back 25, 50 and 100 years.

September 16 1911

AN intoxicated woman: Sarah Walton, married woman from North Kilworth was found drunk in Railway Terrace. PC Biddle found the woman at 10.30pm. Defendant said she came over from North Kilworth and had been drinking in the morning. She expressed regret and asked for leniency. Fined 5s, or in default seven days imprisonment. Allowed a week to find the money.

CHILD bitten by dog: Walter Bates, plastelayer, Rugby, was summoned for allowing a dangerous dog to be at large and not under proper control in Rugby on September 1. Constance White, aged 10, said she was sitting on some steps at the Old Station. A dog, a fox-terrier, came up behind her and bit her on the arm. She did not tease the dog. She had to shake it off.

Defendant said the dog had since been destroyed, and, as the dog was now dead the Clerk said it was no use going on with the case.

The bench ordered the defendant to pay the costs.

September 12 1961

THE ceremony of blessing the £26,000 Roman Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart in Bilton, which was completed two years ago, was performed on Saturday morning by the Archbishop of Birmingham Most Rev Francis Grimshaw. Accompanied by his secretary walked around the outside of the church sprinkling holy water on the walls and on the surrounding ground. Only a few worshippers were present in church for the blessing, due to many parishioners being at the autumn fair in St Andrew’s Church House, which the Dr later opened.

John Smith, of Manor Road, Rugby, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly on Saturday night. PC Davidson said he saw Smith shouting, searing and waving his arms about in Manor Road, Rugby. He refused to be quiet and was arrested.

September 4 1986

RUGBY showed off its latest creation – a 300 tonne, 28 foot high engine – so big that it used enough energy to light Rugby and Lutterworth.

It was the world’s largest marine electric motor, built by GEC Large Machines of Rugby for the QE2 – the world famous cruise liner. As well as adding an extra three knotts to the ship’s speed, bringing it up to 32 knots, it will also, and importantly for Cunard (the ship’s owner) reduce operating costs by more than 40 per cent. The contract was a major coup for the Rugby company as they has to beat off fierce competition from Europe and meet a strict time schedule to avoid heavy late delivery penalties.

DEAR Sir, I am sorry to see that a circus with performing animals is set to visit this part of Warwickshire. I hope that people with compassion will stay away from the event. We have plenty of entertainment these days and do not need the antics of animals to amuse us. Miss Winifred Rayden, Vernon Avenue, Rugby.