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Looking Back at the Isle of Wight January 26, 2018

Ten years ago: Jessie Hayles, five, with her grandma Pat Hayles at an IT day at Weston Community School, Totland.

Ten years ago: Jessie Hayles, five, with her grandma Pat Hayles at an IT day at Weston Community School, Totland.

Megan Baynes

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Friday, February 2, 2018 - 11:11

100 years ago
January 26, 1918
A PORTSMOUTH soldier was charged with drunk and disorderly behaviour in Ryde.
The mayor said he was sorry to see the prisoner as they had had no cases of drunkenness in Ryde, despite 2,000 soldiers being stationed in the town for 12 months.
It was decided as he had served his country so well, he would only be fined five shillings in the hope of better behaviour in the future.

75 years ago
January 30, 1943
Island MP Capt Peter Macdonald was among 20 MPs involved in an accident at a Southern aerodrome.
They were on a glider coming in to land when the nose of the glider dipped and hit the ground. Fortunately, he escaped with just bruising.

50 years ago
January 27, 1968
The esplanade pavilion at Ryde had been a feature of the town for many years but its days looked to be numbered.
A recommendation for an entertainment centre to be built on the site was been adopted in principle by Ryde Town Council. 

25 years ago
January 22, 1993
An Island dentist became the first in the UK to offer filling without drilling.
A new £20,000 machine offered pain-free dental surgery, without anaesthetic. It used kinetic energy and very fast shaping to complete the filling.
The machine, which had been on trial in the USA, was installed at a Cowes dentist’s. 

10 years ago
January 25, 2008
Protests grew over the IW’s education reforms, with a march planned to ‘Save Our Schools’ the following day.
Four Tory councillors also protested by dressing in black and staging a dramatic rebellion at the IW Council meeting. One said: “I am in black because I am mourning for my own party.”
Parents and children expressed their disappointment and anger at the council’s decision to close many of the Island’s primary schools.

 


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