Looking Back, April 5

By Sara Bryce

Published on Friday, April 05, 2013 - 16:58


April 5, 1913

THE OWNER of Hollier's Hotel in Shanklin was pleased to find an unusual visitor among the frost in his garden.
The hotelier discovered a poppy in full bloom, an unusual sight in March, and promptly picked it to take inside to be enjoyed by the hotel's guests.

A TRAGIC discovery was made on the moors near Atherfield by two Newport men.
The two men found a dead body hanging from a tree while walking in the area.
The dead man, believed to be a a farm worker, was said to have been acting strangely since the death of his wife three years previously, and had been missing for days.

A MEMBER of the Southern Sea Fisheries District Committee from Cowes drew attention to destructive seagulls.
He called for definite facts to be discovered as to the damage the sea birds do to the fish population in the Island's waters.
He claimed black-headed gulls ate more fish than any other gull and were on the increase, causing damage to both the fish population, and inland on the Island.

April 9, 1938

A MOTOR lifeboat headed to Whitby after being built by a ship yard in East Cowes.
The 41ft boat with twin 35hp engines, left Messrs. Groves and Guttridge's yard to embark on a 360-mile journey to her new base.
The boat could travel at a speed of eight knots and could travel for 173 miles at full speed before stopping to refuel.

A POSTMAN was sent to the County Hospital with a suspected broken collar bone after a crash.
The postal service worker was riding home from work on his motorcycle early in the morning when he collided with the bank in Newbridge. He was taken to hospital to be examined.

A CAR collided with a motorcycle in Rookley, leaving the motorcyclist with a broken leg.
The car was being driven by a man from the mainland who was heading from Newport towards Niton, while the motorcyclist was a Hunnyhill man.
The pair crashed at Rookley corner and the motorcyclist was taken by ambulance to the County Hospital.

April 6, 1963

TWO teenagers and a ten-year-old boy denied causing wilful damage to a street lamp at Nine Acres.
A policeman heard the sound of breaking glass and saw three boys running away from the scene.
One of the two 14-year-old boys was heard to say “we're all in it together” and later the boys admitted to throwing the stones at the street lamp.

A VAN and a car collided with one another in Newport, causing both to flip over.
The driver of the van from Messrs. Ronson's factory had collected two other workers and was turning into the factory entrance, when a car heading towards Yarmouth collided with it.
Six people were taken to St Mary's Hospital casualty department and one casualty was kept in for back injuries.

A NAVAL minesweeper ran aground after losing its way in thick fog.
The vessel was stuck at Puckaster Cove at the Niton Undercliff, and due to the density of the fog, it was some time before it was located from the shore.
The Bembridge lifeboat and longshoremen were called to search for the ship from along the cliffs, and eventually saw it bow-on to the beach and listing slightly to starboard.
A salvage tug arrived from Portsmouth.

April 8, 1988

AN EASTER invasion of 4,000 scooterists passed off peacefully after the last-minute provision of a camp site.
Pressure was taken off police and the Island's borough councils — who had taken High Court action to prevent scooterists from camping on 43 council sites — when Cheverton Farm near Apse Heath, became the official site.
Chief Supt Dennis Challis said he was relieved that at 4.30pm on Good Friday a campsite had been made available and said he dreaded to think what would have happened otherwise.

AN ISLAND pair held as hostages by Arab terrorists in Iran were set free — and their parents released from days of anxiety.
Scott Stilwell, 23, from Ryde, and Elaine McIntosh of Ventnor were on the Kuwait Airways Jumbo Jet hi-jacked over the Arabian Sea.
Elaine and 24 other women hostages were released after spending 24 hours tied up in the back of the plane.
News came later that Scott, a commercial photographer, had been released along with the other British hostages.

PLACARD-waving hospital workers staged a protest demonstration against threatened Island closures and NHS cuts as IW Health Authority members arrived at St Mary's Hospital.
Around 30 representatives of health unions COHSE and NUPE were campaigning against the possible closure of Shanklin Hospital, the T. S. Eliot Ward at Whitecroft Hospital and the loss of another long-stay ward for the elderly, Niton Ward at Fairlee Hospital, Newport.

April 4, 2003

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CHILDHOOD sweethearts Don Hastings and Doris Kelly planned to finally get married, almost 60 years after they first met.
Don, 83, and Doris, 76, met in the 1940s and got engaged, but he later left her for a barmaid and they went their separate ways.
Although they were never far from each others thoughts, the pair did not set eyes on each other again until this year when Don told Doris' brother that he wanted her back.
The pair got engaged after Don proposed to Doris on the phone.

TEACHERS were facing redundancy as Island schools struggled to make ends meet following government cuts and changes to funding arrangements.
High schools had to find savings of up to £300,000 each, some by shedding staff, and County Hall warned that the problems could lead to more mixed age classes and ultimately, bigger classes.
One primary school head said teachers were expected by the government to work until they made themselves ill with strain and that it was immoral and criminal.

THE ISLAND'S first park and ride bus scheme was launched in Cowes.
The IW Council, Red Funnel and Southern Vectis teamed up to launch the 85-space car park created by the highways department at the former council depot at Somerton Industrial Estate.
The park and ride took people to the Red Jet terminal and Cowes town centre on weekdays, and was aimed at commuters after the town lost its Denmark Road car park.

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