Looking back 25, 50 and 101 years.
November 15 1910
REFUSING to work: George Johnson, Charles Hart and Henry Archer, on tramp, pleaded guilty to refusing to do their tasks at the Workhouse that morning. The Workhouse Master (Mr W Dickens) said they were admitted to the casual wards on Saturday night and spent Sunday in the large ward, but that morning they refused to break stones on bread and water. Mr Dickens said that thermometers in the cells read 60 degrees at 7 o’clock in the morning after the fires had been banked up all night. Defendants were each sentenced to 14 days’ imprisonment with hard labour.
Another drunk: Charles Williams, polisher, no fixed abode, was charged with being drunk at Rugby on November 14. Defendant pleaded guilty. PC Mighall said he found defendant helplessly drunk in Pinders Lane at 12.30 noon on the previous day. He was fined 2s 6d.
Begging: Thomas O’Brien, on tramp, was charged with begging in Rugby on November 14. He was committed to prison to seven days’ hard labour.
November 10 1961
THE insidious psychological cold war of the communists was highlighted by Mr R Wise, Conservative MP for Rugby, on Saturday when he lashed at the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
He accused the CND of being an organisation formed to boost the plans of Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union. Mr Wise was speaking at the annual dinner of the Clifton upon Dunsmore branch of the Conservative Association at the Townsend Memorial Hall, Clifton. Mr Wise said a small minority of the campaign were communists and “fellow travellers in the service of Russia”.
He added: “Why should these exhibitionists be carted away tenderly by overworked police officers? I don’t see why we cannot use fire hoses to clear the streets. A good jet of water will do these demonstrators no harm, but in fact fill a crying need.
“The cost to you and me of these Trafalgar Square demonstrations is quite large, and thousands of special constables have to be called upon to replace the men who have gone to the scene.”
November 13 1986
THE buried remains of a Rugby man’s fighter plane shot down during the battle of Britain have been found after more than 40 years.
Tony Pickering was on hand on Saturday when parts of the crashed plane’s engine saw the light of dayfor the first time in decades. The plane was dug up at Caterham in Surrey. Air Ministry records said his hurricane was shot down on September 11 1945 at 3.45pm but Mr Pickering bailed out. He was serving as a sergeant pilot with the 501 Squadron based at Kenley in Surrey. His plane was hit by enemy fire while flying at 20,000 feet over London during a battle with German Bombers. “The squadron went in head on and I was unfortunate enough to get caught in the crossfire and the sump off my engine was shot off, the plane didn’t catch fire until much later,” he recalled. The stricken aircraft glided down 18,000 feet before he bailed. Mr Pickering, a former BTH worker, was back in the cockpit two days later and went on to fly spitfires.