The Rugby Advertiser offices decorated for Charter Day in 1932
I couldn’t resist being a little bit indulgent this week, when I came across this wonderful old picture of our offices. I’d not seen it before, so thought I’d share my discovery!
It was taken in 1932 and the caption says the decorations were for Charter Day, which was on October 19 and celebrated the formation of Rugby Municipal Borough.
The Advertiser was already nearly 100 years old by then, having been established since 1846 by William Ironside Tait - which means next year will be our 170th anniversary. And it was printed here in those days too.
Charter Day was an incredible occasion for the town, a public holiday with a huge procession through the streets cheered on by thousands of people, ceremony at Whitehall Recreation Ground, fireworks and a big celebratory dinner. The next edition of the Advertiser was devoted entirely to it. Here are three more pictures below, which show a cycling club, a Symington’s corset factory float and crowds in High Street.