From the Archives, July 17 edition

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Here’s our weekly look back at the stories that made the news in the Advertiser 100, 50 and 25 years ago...

July 18, 1914

Having filled the position of instructor in Rugby School workshop for 34 years, Mr Charles Tomlinson has just retired and on Saturday he received a pair of excellent field glasses and a cheque for £50 subscribed for by past and present Rugbeians as a token of their respect and goodwill. Mr AE Donkin said there had been no teacher who had been more successful in gaining the respect and affection of his pupils. They hoped he would continue to measure the long jump with the machine he had invented for the purpose.

July 17, 1964

The one man who defied the postmen’s official strike at Rugby yesterday looked a lonely figure when I saw him in the sorting office, writes an Advertiser reporter. As I went through the pickets outside the Post Office, the usually busy yard was quiet and in the sorting office, just one man stood at a franking machine, working. He requested that his name should not be given and would not comment on his reasons for going into work. About 120 postal workers had obeyed the union call.

July 13, 1989 (see below)

The life-saving mammography machine is in use in the Hospital of St Cross six months early. The speed of fundraising has astounded hospital staff, who expected to get the machine at the end of the year. The appeal target was £50,000 but the latest balance is £76,000. “It is a miraculous achievement and one of which Rugby should feel very proud,” said appeal organiser Brenda Hole. Already three women have been diagnosed with problems and are receiving immediate, perhaps life-saving, treatment.