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Looking back at the Isle of Wight December 29, 2017

Ten years ago: After Toga the penguin was snatched from Amazon World there was happier news when baby penguins were hatched. Stacey Payne is pictured with the oldest one.

Ten years ago: After Toga the penguin was snatched from Amazon World there was happier news when baby penguins were hatched. Stacey Payne is pictured with the oldest one.

Megan Baynes

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Friday, January 12, 2018 - 14:33

100 years ago
December 29, 1917
The absence of a plum pudding, owing to a scarcity in fruit, did not ruin Christmas at the Island Workhouse, thanks to a donation from the workhouse guardians.
Inmates were given a much enjoyed substitute of apple turnovers, that followed their roast beef and vegetable dinner. 

75 years ago
January 2, 1943
A ban prohibiting people from visiting the Island was due to be lifted between January 1 and March 1, 1943. 
The removal of the embargo was met with joy by hoteliers who reported they had already had several enquiries for bookings.

50 years ago
January 2, 1967
Two teenage girls, trapped for six hours in deep mud and clay on Totland cliffs, were rescued by a search party.
The pair had got into difficulties while on a walk around the coast. After reaching firm ground they stayed put in the dark until help reached them.
One girl said: “We saw the tide coming in ahead and tried to get to firm ground but I went into the mud up to my knees. I took my feet out of the boots and dug myself out.”

25 years ago
December 31, 1992
An ambitious plan to build a continental-style development of restaurants, a plaza, bistros and a chandlery on seafront land next to Ryde Harbour was put before planners.
The venture by “mystery firm, Gloster Developments” was reported to have taken Medina Borough Council by surprise. Two planning applications were submitted and would have created a Victorian-style pavilion with roof terraces.

10 years ago
December 28, 2007
Families discovered the true meaning of a bleak midwinter Christmas when nearly 1,500 homes lost their power supply on Christmas Day.
Homes and businesses in Newport and Cowes were affected by the power cut, which is believed to have lasted up to eight hours.
However, the power cut failed to sabotage festivities at the Old Stag pub, Newport where regulars rallied around to keep the doors open. A small generator provided some light however, the owners had to make do without coolers and fridges.
Cllr Mazillius said: “All the candlelight gave a nice traditional feel.”

 


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