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Celebrate Rugby History With Rupert and Frank

Rupert Brooke will form a centrepiece of a celebration of Rugby’s past and present, which is being held in the town at the end of this month.

The poet and also the inventor of the jet engineer, Sir Frank Whittle, will be among those celebrated in the day of events running throughout on Saturday 30 September.

There will be a 38-feet display to Sir Frank in a High Street shop, near Rugby School supplied by the successor company, which took over the plant where he developed the engine.

An organiser said:

“The Power Jets factory at Whetstone may have been the first factory in the world built specifically for the jet engine development and initial production. It was sanctioned by the Government in 1940.

“Most of the original buildings are still standing and the brick built cooling towers has recently been recommissioned, as part of a large new turbine test facility. Based on a successful foundation, Alstec, formerly Alstom Automation, are providing technology of the future.”

And there will be entertainment for a younger generation. There will be story telling every hour in the Market Place led the Mad Hatter with Alice and the White Rabbit, penned by Rugby School pupil Lewis Carroll.

Songs and themes from the canal will be performed by Jeff Dennison and Barry Graham. And British Waterways will be on hand with the history of canals, including the Oxford Canal which skirts around the town.

There will be a presentation about Rupert Brooke, in the form of his sonnets and poems read by Dr Peter Miller who has written on Rupert Brooks. He is president of the Rupert Brooke Society and was also involved with the Rupert Brooke Centenary Association

And there will be also be a performances by the Alan Cooke Big Band. The 18-piece will have songs from the war years, with the sounds of Glenn Miller and authentic dress.

Also taking part in the day will be the Rugby Myton Hospice Appeal, who are fundraising for a hospice in the town.

There will be a stage in the town centre, with entertainment starting at 10.30am with the Rugby Theatre singers, plus performances of Rupert Brooke’s poetry, and music.

It will all be a celebration of the town's history, with music and entertainment designed to appeal to all.


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