Whittle Fund Urged for Inventors; 'SIR FRANK ACHIEVED MORE THAN RUPERT BROOKE OR WEBB ELLIS'

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RUGBY could become a world leader in innovation if a public fund to support inventors is set up in memory of Sir Frank Whittle, creator of the jet engine.

An amateur inventor wants a Whittle Fund for Innovation to be set up in the town along with a statue to honour Sir Frank, who lived in Bilton Road, Rugby.

Geoffrey Lover, of Blackwood Avenue, Rugby, said millions of people rely on Sir Frank's invention every month to go on holiday, but few knew his name.

A fund to honour him was set up in conjunction with Rugby Borough Council two years ago but Mr Lover believes it has not been pushed hard enough.

He said: "It's about time this fund was resurrected, we've erected a statue to Rupert Brooke and one for William Webb Ellis.

''Not very many people probably knew about Rupert Brooke - he was really only famous for one poem. …