|The Rushden Echo and Argus, 27th March 1959, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Councillors like extension: they get a drink too
The chairman of Rushden Urban Council, Mr. F. E. Brown, told licensed traders of the Wellingborough district on Thursday that his fellow councillors appreciated the extra half-hour allowed by 10.30 p.m. closing of public houses. Council committee meetings last very long sometimes, he said, and councillors were glad to get a quick refresher when they had finished.
Mr. Brown was speaking at the annual banquet held at Rushden Windmill Hall, of the Wellingborough and District branch of the Northamptonshire Licensed Trades Association, Ltd. He added his thanks to the branch for the work they did for charity.
The need for light industries in the town was referred to by Mr. Brown, who agreed with Mr. R. Alderson (chairman of Wellingborough Urban Council) that such industries should be introduced so that people would not be wholly reliant upon the boot and shoe industry. It was unfortunate that there was only one staple industry, he said, but it was hoped that new light industries would come, so that if there was any slump it would not be felt so acutely.
“As manufacturers we do our best to keep on full time. We are going through a difficult period. Raw materials have risen in cost by ten per cent and in the future the public will find they will have to pay quite a few shillings more for their shoes.”
Mr. Brown was replying to a toast to the licensed trade and the towns of Rushden and Wellingborough, which was proposed by Mr. Alderson.
A toast to the branch was proposed by the president, Mr. R. T. C. Campbell, and Capt. J. S. Parker replied. Mr. P. B. H. Knight replied to the welcome to the visitors by Mr. J. R. Howe, the vice-chairman.
Mr. T. W. Bues, chairman, proposed a toast to the president, and Mr. E. G. Tipler, former chairman, was presented with a medallion for past services.