100 Years Ago
April 6, 1912
A family managed to escape unharmed after a fire ripped through their bungalow.
The blaze took hold in the roof space of the property in Gunville, while the owners battled to save furniture and other belongings.
The fire brigade was delayed as the nearest hydrant was too far for the hose to reach, so crews used water from a pond to contain the fire, while a longer hose was fitted.
Unhappy residents in Newchurch staged a protest about the redirection of a footpath.
The parish council said the diversion would create great inconvenience for people walking to Sandown from the village.
The new route was more than a quarter of a mile longer but the county council said it would benefit commuters and residents in Lake.
The Rev Robertson Dorling applied for permission to conduct children’s services on the beach in summer.
The Children’s Special Service Mission asked for services to be held at Appley, while others felt Small Hope Beach, Shanklin, was better because of the number of visitors to the area.
75 Years Ago
April 10, 1937
During dense fog in The Channel, a 5,000-ton Italian steamer, Luigi Accame, ran aground on rocks at Chale Bay.
The ship was badly holed and soon became waterlogged, with fears it would become a wreck.
The crew of 29 were saved by Yarmouth lifeboatmen, who braved extreme conditions to rescue them.
Three new steamers were ordered for the passenger and car transport services between the Island and the mainland.
Two of the steamers, ordered by Southern Railway, would be used on the Portsmouth-Ryde and the Yarmouth-Lymington routes.
The other was for the Southampton and IW Steampacket Company (Red Funnel line).
A suggestion to form an auxiliary air force squadron on the Island was put forward.
The under secretary of state for air, Sir Philip Sassoon, said there was no authorisation for a new squadron, adding: “If we were authorised to form additional squadrons, we would, of course, give thought to the IW and other locations.”
50 Years Ago
April 7, 1962
There were 641 entries for the IW Canine Association’s 75-class open show, at Newport.
The event attracted a high number of visitors.
The IW Water Board approved a £17,000 scheme to improve water supplies in Mottistone, Brook Shute, Luccombe, Shanklin and Whiteley Bank.
Plans for a mains extension to East Cowes reservoir and the installation of district meters were also approved.
An Island-born singer was back in the top 20 best selling record charts.
Craig Douglas was delighted when his song, When My Little Girl is Smiling, entered the charts at number 19 — his ninth record to enter the hit parade.
Craig was also preparing for appearances at the Hammersmith Palais, White Rock Pavilion, Hastings and a two-week trip to America.
25 Years Ago
April 10, 1987
A couple escaped serious injury after tons of masonry and earth cascaded down a steep Ventnor hillside and crashed against the side of their cottage.
Showering glass from the windows of the property narrowly missed one of the owners of the property, who was in the kitchen.
Four houses in St Catherine’s Street had to be evacuated by fire crews, while Southern Gas Board engineers rushed to seal a ruptured main and start a survey into the stability of residential land.
Weather reports confirmed the Island suffered its heaviest snowfall for March since records began in 1918.
A blizzard between 11pm and 3am on the 18th resulted in ten inches of snow in Ryde Esplanade.
The town also enjoyed average sunshine for the month, of 130.5 hours.
Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle would be the venue for what promised to be the Island’s biggest arts festival, in June and July.
Organisers hoped it would become annual event.
10 Years Ago
April 12, 2002
Following a £200 million environmental scheme, Southern Water was delighted with news the Island’s 13 main tourist beaches had a clean bill of health.
Sandown and Shanklin Military Band played on Ventnor Esplanade as part of the celebrations.
Tony Mount made a comeback in charge of Newport Football Club and players responded by grabbing a victory against promotion chasers Kettering Town.
Mount returned to help player/manager Guy Whittingham on match days, so Whittingham could concentrate on playing and help the side try to retain its Dr Marten’s Premier League status.