Here are this week’s excerpts from Advertisers of years gone by...
May 10, 1913
Mr Zeigler of New Bilton was summoned for driving a motorcycle at a speed dangerous to the public at the corner of Hales Street and Burges, Coventry. PC Garrett stated that he saw defendant riding a motor-cycle with a friend on the back of the machine. Defendant came along at about twelve miles an hour. At the time a tramcar was approaching. Defendant collided with two young ladies who were standing just off the pavement, and almost knocked them down. Witness considered the speed was too fast.
May 10, 1963
Of the eleven productions staged at the Rugby Theatre in the twelve months ending January 1963, six showed a loss and five a profit. The theatre balance sheet showed an over-all profit of £75 on the year’s working but that was made up by the profit on incidental sales – in the tea and licensed bars and on ice cream. Average cost of production was £200. The musical The Mikado and the pantomime The Sleeping Beauty showed the greatest box office receipts. Membership had increased to 624.
May 5, 1988
Jean Neil believes she is living proof of a miracle after a faith healer laid his hands on her pain-racked body. To the amazement of her family and friends who witnessed the scene andher doctor who met her afterwards, she has abandoned her wheelchair and can walk unaided. After 14 operations and almost 25 years of pain she had been on the brink of suicide. “He prayed for me and I suddenly felt completely relaxed,” she said. “There was tremendous warmth throughout my body and I knew I was well.”