|The Rushden Echo and Argus, 4th August, 1950, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden's Holiday Week - Day Trips Popular
Are the ever-increasing facilities for day excursions proving more popular with Rushden and district people than spending all August week in the rather more traditional manner by the sea? Comparisons in local bookings serve to suggest that this is so, and that more people are showing a preference for road rather than rail travel.
More people than ever are taking advantage of numerous day trips to such places as the Wye Valley, Windsor, London Zoo, Warwick races and Stratford-on-Avon. One local agent reports his bookings of weekly runs to Bridlington, Clacton, Scarborough, Margate, Skegness, and Yarmouth to be completely full.
The Wye Valley and Cleethorpes (included for the first time this year) prove to be the most popular of the day excursions. Evening tours, too, are proving a marked success. Many who are going away for the week are showing a preference for the road journey and are taking advantage of a daily bus service from Bedford to Southend, Yarmouth, Dovercourt and Clacton.
Blackpool, favourite resort with Rushden people, has, however, proved the favourite of railway bookings. A "special" will leave from Higham Ferrers and Rushden at 10.45 p.m. tonight. At 2.05 a.m. as well, another train has been laid on for London to serve those people showing a preference for the East and South Coasts. The station-master, who reports just a "steady flow" of bookings, commented on the popularity also for bookings to Lowestoft and Clacton.
Birch Bros.' daily coach service from Rushden to London has fairly heavy bookings for its hourly service and the United Counties Bus Co. has about 16 places to offer on its holiday "agenda."
Over 100 boys from Rushden, Higham Ferrers, Irthlingborough, Raunds, Thrapston and Wellingborough branches of the Boys' Brigade will be camping at Reculver, near Herne Bay, in Kent.
The advance party left by road with equipment on Thursday morning and the main body travelled by train from Wellingborough this morning. They will return on Monday week. Mr. C. A. Espin is in charge of the Rushden contingent.
Fifteen boys from the 2nd Rushden St. Mary's Scout Troop will be camping at Rockingham during August week under the charge of Mr. W. E. Knott. District Commissioner Don Winters reports the boys as travelling either by lorry or on bicycles.
The 1st Higham Ferrers and 8th Rushden Scouts are amalgamating and will be in camp at Hadley Wood, Essex, during the holiday period under the charge of Mr. E. Odell, of Higham, and Mr. H. Mundy, of Rushden. The 1st Rushden Troop will be staying in Derbyshire with Mr. B. Greeves.
The stay-at-homes will discover August Monday attractions in Sharnbrook fete, Milton Ernest gymkhana, and the Dean and Shelton flower show and sports.
Most local factories will be closed for eleven days from Thursday evening to a week on Tuesday.
Rushden Chamber of Trade have recommended to local tradesmen that Monday and Tuesday of next week should be closing days.