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Looking Back at the Isle of wight July 21, 2017

Arreton primary pupils with Amazon World animals who appeared in their school play
Kizzie Bishop eight with a macaw

Arreton primary pupils with Amazon World animals who appeared in their school play Kizzie Bishop eight with a macaw

Haydn Taylor

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Monday, July 24, 2017 - 13:30

Ten years ago: Animal magic helped save the rainforest with St George’s Primary School’s end-of-term production.
Thanks to staff at Amazon World, a snake, a macaw, a capybara and an armadillo were all incorporated into the production of Amazon Jungle Garden, a play full of songs about how important the trees, plants and animals of the Amazon are to the future health of the planet.
As part of their studies, pupils held fundraising events and raised £300 — enough to protect six acres of rainforest. Kizzie Bishop, eight, is pictured with a macaw.

100 Years Ago
July 21, 1917

THERE were several letters home published this week. Driver George Harding wrote home from the Palestinian front to his mother in Godshill.
“I am writing this under a fig tree and I am sending you one of the leaves of the tree as a souvenir. The weather is still very hot here and there are thousands of flies, which won’t let you rest for a moment during the day.”
Mr and Mrs J. Shilton, of Fairlee Road, Newport, also received a postcard from their son, R. F. Shilton, saying he was doing well in a hospital in Nazareth as a prisoner of war, and mentions for the first time he has been wounded in the arm.


75 Years Ago
July 18, 1942

A Cowes man was awarded the George Medal. Among 23 survivors of the crew of the Shakespear, which sank following a fight with an Italian submarine, was Percy Donald Jones, of Park Road, Cowes. He was third officer on the vessel where 19 crew members were killed and others seriously injured.


50 Years Ago
July 22, 1967

High jumping was banned at Bishop Lovett School, Ryde, following a series of incidents, ‘some of them serious’.
A number of sports staff said the accidents had included a broken leg and two broken arms. The high jump facilities were blamed and a ban put on the event until the authorities provided a proper high jump pit.


25 Years Ago
July 18, 1992

There was bubble trouble at a chine beauty spot after sudsy water appeared in the brook running through Shanklin Chine.
Engineers followed the route back up the cliffs and discovered years ago several properties opposite the Crab Inn were incorrectly connected to a surface water sewer instead of a foul water outlet. The sudsy water was coming from domestic washing machines and was sealed off temporarily.


10 Years Ago
July 20, 2007

A multi-million pound Solent fort went up for sale again. No Man’s Land Fort was built in the 1860s to protect Portsmouth from attack.
The fort was sold after the owner, Lexi Holdings, collapsed with debts of more than £100 million. The property had no set price, although estimates were upwards of £10 million.
The fort had been converted and upgraded many times and had lately been used as a conference venue, with two helipads, an indoor swimming pool, a glass-domed garden, five bars, an ice cream parlour and a restaurant. There were around 100 rooms on four levels, as well as a sauna, Jacuzzi and gym.

 


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