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Looking Back at the Isle of Wight September 15, 2017

One of Angela’s puffin pictures

One of Angela’s puffin pictures

Haydn Taylor

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Monday, September 18, 2017 - 13:30

Ten years ago: An Island artist won an out-of-court settlement fee, her legal costs and an apology after one of her designs was used without her permission.
Angela Hewitt, of East Cowes, won a legal challenge through the trade organisation Anti Copying In Design after her paintings of puffins were used on coasters at the Scottish Seabird Centre. The images appeared on coasters for sale at the seabird centre months after manufacturers had refused her a royalty deal.

100 Years Ago
September 22, 1917

YET another rise in coal prices sent local authorities into a frenzy as they appointed committees to fix the price of coal.
The urgency for a fixed price was greater as winter was drawing near.
The coal merchants were consulted on the plans but the councils had little to no power.
Suggestions for a full meeting of coal merchants were made before a final decision.

75 Years Ago
September 19, 1942

Subsidence wreaked havoc on houses at Seagrove Bay, Seaview, causing £40,000 (£1,729,500) worth of damage and leaving some property uninhabitable.
A total of 14 homes along the esplanade showed signs of being in a dangerous position.
A special works committee meeting was called and it was decided a full evaluation of the situation was needed with reports of the findings to be sent to relevant householders.

50 Years Ago
September 16, 1967

A Scamp was due to appear on the Island in March, it was announced.
Scamp, the ill-fated moped, which would be discontinued after less than a year in production, was the product of a Binstead engineering firm A. N. Clark.
It was planned the factory would produce 250 per week.
The venture had been a year in the making and was said to combine all the best features of a bicycle with that of a 40cc moped.

25 Years Ago
September 19, 1992

A rare collection of plants — the only one of its kind in the northern hemisphere — was stolen from Ventnor Botanic Garden.
The entire collection of pseudopanax plant group had been built up over six years by garden curator Simon Goodenough, who had travelled the world and spent thousands of pounds of his own money to bring the unusual specimens to Ventnor.
The collection consisted of more than 30 plants and was worth about £2,000 (£3,798).
Mr Goodenough believed the theft was carefully planned and the plants would probably end up in the hands of collectors.

10 Years Ago
September 15, 2007

Divers discovered a rare wreck of a Dakota aircraft off Sandown Bay.
The exact location of the aircraft was kept secret while plans were formulated to identify the aircraft’s history.
It didn’t take long for divers to find the undercarriage and its two engines, and they planned to record the engine numbers, which would enable them to identify the plane.
The Dakota was the backbone of wartime transport and most RAF versions had been retired or sold off by 1950.

 


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