Part of the classical mural adorning the walls of the visitors’ room at Parkhurst prison.
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Twenty five years ago: A stunning mural adorning the visitors’ room at Parkhurst top-security prison brought together an unlikely combination of professional artists, high school pupils, prisoners and children with learning disabilities.
It was the first time a project of that kind — involving the outside community — had taken place in any prison in the UK, let alone a top-security one.
100 Years Ago
February 10, 1917
A WORKMAN had a remarkable escape after going under the wheels of a three-ton wagon.
The man, named Grimshaw, was removing items from a ship which had come ashore at Freshwater, when he slipped and the loaded cart crushed his legs.
Miraculously, he escaped the incident without a single broken bone.
75 Years Ago
February 14, 1942
Following the recent debacle when iron railings were haphazardly reclaimed by the Ministry of Supply — much to the distress of Island residents — steps were taken to ensure future occurrences were managed more responsibly.
It was decided to add a list of exceptions in the Newport borough, including the railings around the Simeon Memorial Hall on Castle Road.
However, all other railings, including those around the burial ground at Church Litten, were to go.
50 Years Ago
February 4, 1967
The IW Committee for the Feed the Minds Campaign was dissolved after successfully reaching their fundraising target of £1,000 (£16,656 in today’s money).
Destined for Nairobi, the substantial sum would go towards books and education for children.
25 Years Ago
February 7, 1992
Thieves deprived a St Helens garden of an unusual and eye-catching feature.
An astrolabe — a medieval scientific instrument used to tell time and calculate altitude — was taken from the rear of a house in Eddington Road.
Made from copper, the astrolabe was 2ft in diameter and mounted on a stone pedestal.
It was worth £500 (£949 in today’s money).
10 Years Ago
February 9, 2007
It was ten years ago the Island’s
very own Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was born.
Built by devoted husband, Nick Pointing, the car was a present for his avid Chitty-fan wife, Carolyn.
Having acquired nearly every other piece of memorabilia, the only thing missing from their collection was a life-sized model, so Nick spent four years converting the 1973 Land Rover.