Looking Back, Friday, April 13, 2012

By Jamie White

Published on Friday, April 13, 2012 - 11:08


100 Years Ago - April 13, 1912

Two Shanklin men were summoned for the use of obscene language.

PC Snow said the offence occurred at North Road, Shanklin, and the disgraceful language could be heard 100 yards away.

One of the defendants wanted to fight the witness, who received several complaints from young ladies at the nearby skating rink.

Both men were fined and one of the men was also imprisoned for 14 days.


A reunion of old boys who attended Sandown Secondary School took place.

The event was attended by more than 50 former students, who took part in a football match against some of the current pupils.

Tea was served after the game and visitors also enjoyed a programme of music.


Churches across the Island held services to celebrate Easter.

Various churches, including St John’s Church, Northwood, All Saints’ Church, Ryde and St Mary’s Church, Cowes, held services on Easter Sunday and decorated their halls.

At St Catherine’s Church, Ventnor, hymns were sung and a collection raised £97, which was presented to the vicar as a gift.

75 Years Ago - April 17, 1937

The fine weather attracted large crowds to Blackgang to see the stranded Italian steamer, Luigi Accame.

Visitors turned up on bicycles, cars and on foot to see the stricken vessel. Many hotels and cafes had the best outlook and catered for the extra guests. It was thought the boat would eventually become a wreck.


Around 15 people who were associated with football management on the IW were guests at a celebration dinner of the golden jubilee of the Hampshire Football Association.

The event, held in Southampton, attracted more than 300 people, including several personalities from the football world.


A Cowes man was charged with failing to conform to a road traffic sign.

PC Lewis saw the defendant in Lake heading towards him on a motorcycle from the Newport direction.

Without any warning, the man crossed in front of him, ignoring a halt sign and nearly caused a serious collision.

The man apologised for his actions and was fined 10s.

50 Years Ago - April 14, 1962

The Island’s second industries’ fair in Ryde was opened by the Duke of Wellington in an elaborate ceremony.

There were more than 170 stands and 40 marquees in 12 acres of land, at Warner St Clare and Puckpool holiday camps.

There were numerous displays and demonstrations during the event, which lasted for six days.


Members of the Ryde group of the IW Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament held an anti-nuclear protest in the town.

The chairman of the group spoke out about the effects of radioactive fallout from nuclear tests on children and outlined the dangers.

The march started on the Esplanade and moved up via Union Street into the High Street, with more people joining on the way.


Hopes of building new headquarters and a sports centre in Newport were announced at the annual dinner of Newport Victoria Sports Club.

The centre was to incorporate a memorial to the late Mrs Bruce Drayton, who was secretary of the club for many years.

The club had set up a building fund and it was hoped to combine it with money already received.

25 Years Ago - April 17, 1987

A Red Funnel ferry and the Hampshire police boat went to the aid of a blazing yacht, off Cowes.

The 39ft motorboat, with six people on board, radioed for help after smoke started pouring from its engine room.

The ferry halted its journey from Southampton to Cowes and handed an extinguisher to the skipper to try to put out the fire.

The motorboat was towed into Cowes, where fire crews extinguished burning lagging.


Sandown town councillor, Heather Humby, hoped fellow residents would join her and other councillors in a resort cleaning operation.

Under the slogan, Give an Hour to Sandown, the volunteers planned to go round the town with black bags and collect rubbish.

The town council also planned to distribute posters and leaflets about the health hazards caused by thoughtless dog owners, who let their pets fowl the streets and didn’t clear up after them.


Southern Tourist Board started to investigate how to launch an instant prize lottery to raise funds to help increase Island tourism.

At the monthly meeting of Ventnor Hotel and Guest House Association, it was said hurried moves were being made to launch the new scheme, which would offer a cash prize to the winner.

10 Years Ago - April 19, 2002

The IW Council spokesperson for transport believed a new passenger or car ferry terminal should be created at Bembridge Harbour.

Cllr Ernie Fox said the most logical way of reducing sailings into environmentally sensitive ports, such as Fishbourne, was to increase the number of ports into the Island.

"Bembridge used to be a port of entry for steamers and the idea of a new link is something that should be investigated," he said.


Two sisters shot home footage which they said proved a big cat was stalking the Island countryside.

The footage was shot near the Chequers Inn, Rookley, by Rachael Dethbridge and Beverly Futers.

It was the first time a creature had been caught on camera.

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