Looking back for August 1

By Sara Bryce

Published on Friday, August 01, 2014 - 13:30



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August 1, 1914

TWO alleged Dutch spies were arrested under the Official Secrets Act at Freshwater.

A deal of excitement was caused when the two young Dutchman, who turned out to be brothers named Gerard and Jacob Swets, were arrested for taking photographs inside Fort Redoubt.

The brothers were taken into police custody and had been staying in a hotel on the south of the Island with a third brother.

A SEXTANT belonging to the late Capt Oates, who perished with Capt Scott in the South Pole expedition, was presented to the Royal Naval College, Osborne.

Placed in the Nelson Hall in a glass case, a plaque read: "This sextant was the property of Capt. L. C. G. Oates, 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons, who willingly walked to his death during a blizzard in a noble endeavour to save his three companions beset with hardship. March 17th, 1912."

August 5, 1939

STORIES hit national press surrounding claims of a plot to produce fake banknotes from within Parkhurst Prison.

A Sunday newspaper reported they were told by a man recently released from the prison, that the forged notes were produced with equipment stolen from the prison photographic room and had been cashed on the outside.

The County Press claimed that much of the national reporting — of Home Office officials rushing down in aircraft, of suspended prison officers and convicts in solitary confinement — was pure fabrication.

It also reported that police action was imminent but that the plot had been discovered before any forged notes were finished.

THE COWES Week yachting festival was marred by the death of a sailor during the first day.

A yacht of the Solent Sunbeam Class filled and sank during rough seas and a member of the crew was sadly drowned.

August 1, 1964

THE NUMBER of cars on Island roads hit a peak as the start of the main fortnight of the season coincided with the hottest days of the year.

Every seaside front was crammed with cars, parks were filled to overflowing and conditions on the Military Road were described as chaotic, with similar scenes on the eastern side of the Island.

A CIVILLIAN painter and decorator, employed at Parkhurst Prison, was sent for trial after being charged with taking a loaded gun into the prison and giving it to a prisoner.

The man allegedly carried the .32 Browning into the prison to aid the prisoner to escape. He was also charged with larceny of overalls, shoes, boots and a jacket belonging to the prison authorities, as well as trafficking tobacco, cash and letter to the same prisoner.

July 28, 1989

A RADICAL plan to solve Newport's parking problems, which involved the sale of Coppins Bridge car park to finance a multi-storey park on the site of Newport Bus Station, was proposed.

Eric Pickford, transportation committee chairman, told a county council meeting that Newport was seizing up with traffic trying to park and a multi-storey car park was urgently needed.

PROMPTED by a groundswell of protest against a £10m scheme to redevelop Bembridge Harbour, moves were mounted to draw up a community blueprint for its future.

A group of leading residents held a meeting to decide how best to react to the response from villagers who, they said, had bombarded them with offers of practical and financial help to save the harbour.

The multi-million pound development included 80 homes and a 150-berth marina.

July 30, 2004

AN EAST Cowes man fulfilled his ambition of canoeing around the Island single-handed.

Andy Hiscock left in the early hours and finished just 13 hours later. It came as a complete surprise to his family when they were told of the mission, just hours before he embarked on the challenge.

The 44-year-old builder and father of four set off at 1.30am, reached Totland Bay by 5am, and the Needles at 6am. He said the toughest point was the rough seas around St Catherine's Point.

AROUND 4,000 people descended on Havenstreet to take a closer look at a very special locomotive — Thomas the Tank Engine.

The Day Out With Thomas event attracted visitors from all over the Island and mainland who were met by the celebrity train.

Resplendent in his famous blue, Thomas took 250 people at a time along the IW Steam Railway route from Havenstreet to Smallbrook.

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk

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