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Looking back at the Isle of Wight January 12, 2018

Ten years ago: Arsonists struck again at Small Hope Beach, Shanklin, razing eight beach huts. Three fire crews were called around 7am. Over the previous three years, vandals caused £35,000 in damage to 20 of the huts, owned by 67-year-old Alan Hawkins (pictured).

Ten years ago: Arsonists struck again at Small Hope Beach, Shanklin, razing eight beach huts. Three fire crews were called around 7am. Over the previous three years, vandals caused £35,000 in damage to 20 of the huts, owned by 67-year-old Alan Hawkins (pictured).

Megan Baynes

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Monday, January 15, 2018 - 13:00

100 years 
January 12, 1918
A VENTNOR resident received the Distinguished Conduct Medal, for his work during the war. The news was celebrated by C. Lamkin and his wife. A party was held at the Royal Marine Hotel, where a number of wounded and convalescent solders from Underwath and Bonchurch Convalescent Homes were entertained. 

75 years
January 16, 1943
A Freshwater pilot was given the Distinguished Flying Medal for his gallant conduct while serving for two years as a sergeant air gunner in the bombers. Frederick Blute made numerous operational flights over Germany and occupied France. He was one of the crew of a Wellington which, after being severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire over Germany, made the 600-mile return journey on one engine. 

50 years
January 13, 1968
A permanent pumping station, costing £12,000 (£190,900 in today’s money) was agreed for Ryde. The station was to be installed at Monkton Mead Brook and the cost was to be shared equally between the council and the river authority.

25 years
January 15, 1993
The Cowes sea wall was washed away in a storm. Repairs to the defences were estimated to cost Medina Council around £10,000. Two sections, west of the Royal Yacht Squadron and east of Egypt Point, fell into the sea. 

10 years
January 11, 2008
There was an angry response to the news ten Island post offices faced closure. IW MP Andrew Turner said he had asked the Post Office to issue a full response while Ryde town councillor Henry Adams called it ‘a disgrace and a farce’. Village primary schools were also in danger of closure as all schools were required to have a minimum of one class per year group. 

 


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