Borough Council to commemorate Golden Anniversary

Rugby Borough Council will commemorate its 50-year anniversary this year, following its establishment in 1974.
The Rugby Borough crest
13 March 2024

The borough’s existing events programme will incorporate a golden theme with a series of free “sounds of the bandstand” performances and a special Food and Drink festival.
An exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum will feature residents’ memories of Rugby over the last 50 years, while selected photos and memories will be added to a time capsule to be opened in 2074.
There will be a civic reception, commemorative tree planting of 50 trees, and recognition of residents who have significantly contributed to the borough through a call for nominees for a civic honour.
Rugby Borough Council was formed by a merger between the Rugby Urban District Council and the Rugby Rural District Council which came into effect in 1974. The new council was granted borough status from the very beginning, giving it a historic link back to its Royal Charter and allowing the council to have a civic Mayor who chairs its meetings.
Cllr Derek Poole, Leader of Rugby Borough Council, said: “The fiftieth anniversary of the creation of our borough gives us an opportunity to celebrate the very best of the borough, commemorate the council’s service to its residents and recognise the contributions of so many.
“We look forward to celebrating this important milestone with free performances, a food and drink festival and an exhibition showcasing memories of the last 50 years.
“And with commemorative tree planting in some of our open spaces we will also leave a legacy for future generations.”
The fiftieth anniversary commemorative programme was approved by the council’s Cabinet at its meeting held on 11 March 2024.