Looking Back for June 13

By Matthew McKew

Published on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 13:27



100 Years Ago - June 13, 1914

A YOUNG woman who fainted twice in the street was very effectively revived by the use of an electric fan.

The woman was given first aid and taken home on an ambulance stretcher.


An international footballer attracted special interest when he arrived for his wedding in Sandown.

The bridegroom was Frank Jefferis, the inside right for Everton Football Club. He married Beatrice Baker at the United Methodist Church on York Road. The couple were to spend their honeymoon in Brighton.


A thunderstorm struck Shorwell and Brighstone, smashing windows and felling many trees. A hedge in Shorwell was burnt by lightning, while the Rectory in Brighstone had 26 panes of glass broken.

75 Years Ago - June 17, 1939

A 19-year-old man from Arreton caught his arm between steel rollers while operating a powerful machine at the Rookley brickworks of Messrs Pritchett and Sons.

A young assistant attempted to pull him out but collapsed from shock. The man was freed and taken to hospital.


A West Indian man put forward the case for colonial independence during a talk at the Cowes and District Labour College. He explained only three per cent of the population in British-held Africa had the right to vote.

50 Years Ago - June 13, 1964

The cost to the fire brigade of chimney fires on the IW in the six months up to March 31 stood at £1,428. The civil defence and fire brigade commander suggested the public be more aware of how important it was to have their chimney swept frequently.

He also said the public should investigate further when they saw a chimney fire before rushing to the nearest fire alarm. A call at the house and a look at what was happening inside would in many cases obviate the necessity to call the fire brigade.


The first meals on wheels service in the West Wight began in Freshwater.

The Bakewell Cafe in Avenue Road undertook the task of preparing the meals. The service was supported by the Dr Knill Jones Memorial Fund.

The first meal consisted of roast beef, served with carrots, cabbage and mashed and baked potato. It was followed by apple crumble and custard.

25 Years Ago - June 9, 1989

Jail sentences imposed on drink-drivers threatened to damage the Island’s image with holidaymakers, according to a Newport solicitor.

He said he was not critical of the severity of the Island sentences, which could be a deterrent, only the fact they were out of line with the rest of the country.

Thirteen motorists had been jailed by Island magistrates in the first five months of the year.

Under the Island bench’s guidelines drivers who were more than three times over the alcohol limit risked a prison sentence, whereas on the mainland they would escape with just a fine and the normal ban.


Police restrictions on a demonstration outside Parkhurst by IRA supporters were defended by the Island’s senior officer.

The demonstration was staged to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the death of IRA hunger striker Michael Gaughan at the prison.

Two republican flute bands from Glasgow arrived for the demonstration but were refused permission to play on the grounds in case it led to disturbances within the jail.


A £30 million plan to create an all-year round tourist attraction at Brown’s Pleasure Park, Sandown, was unveiled.

The scheme would create 300 permanent jobs. Sandown Water Park, as it was to be known, would include a four-lane, 25-metre swimming pool, plus a supermarket, car park and residential development.

10 Years Ago - June 11, 2004

Of all the 30,000-plus people expected to attend the weekend’s IW Festival, one Islander in particular was looking forward to the event.

In what was only his third public appearance, Terry Magson was due to open the festival with an acoustic set of his own material. Performing as Puzzle Muteson, he was to pave the way for acts such as the Manic Street Preachers and The Who.


The streets of Yarmouth were packed at the weekend for the eighth annual Old Gaffers’ Festival. The hugely successful event had a D-Day theme to mark the 60th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

Thousands of visitors watched veteran ITN news reporter Michael Nicholson open the festival, having arrived on an authentic landing craft.

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