Looking Back, Friday, December 28, 2012

By Abby Rugg

Published on Friday, December 28, 2012 - 11:08


100 Years Ago

December 18, 1912

A BUTCHER’S assistant injured his face and leg after falling off a ladder in Newport.

The ladder broke while he was carrying beef and he fell heavily on his face.

He needed three stitches to his nose and also sprained his ankle.


A horse charged into shop windows filled with toys after bolting on a road in Ventnor.

The young cart horse, which was pulling a load of rubble down Alpine Road, was thought to have been spooked.

There was considerable damage and it was the third time the windows had been smashed by runaways.


A ship which had sunk off The Needles was replaced by a new arrival in Cowes.

The new ketch, Nab, for the Trinity House pilot service, arrived to take the place of The Solent.

The new pilot ship was fitted with an 80-horsepower, two-cylinder Beardmore heavy oil-engine.

50 Years Ago

January 1, 1938

A Newport man who won a turkey in a competition was left disappointed after it was delivered to the wrong address.

The man was delighted to be told he was the winner of the cooked turkey and asked for it to be sent to him in time for Christmas.

After the bird failed to arrive, it was discovered it had been delivered to a poultry merchant with the same name and had been given as a festive dish to one of his customers.


A gamekeeper was accidentally shot in the face at a pheasant shoot in Whippingham.

Pellets rebounded off a tree branch and struck the gamekeeper’s nose and entered the corner of his right eye.

They were removed after he was taken to Frank James Cottage Hospital for an X-ray.


A large part of a cliff in Shanklin collapsed — one of the biggest falls on the Island.

It happened between Appley Steps and Dunnose Point and carried away shrubberies from the grounds of The Priory.

50 Years Ago

December 29, 1962

A power failure on Christmas Day caused delays to festive dinners in Bembridge.

The electrical failure happened in the early hours of the morning.

The electrically operated organ at the parish church could not be used for the service and hymns were sung unaccompanied.


Father Christmas was greeted by 200 children when he arrived by train at Ventnor.

The Ventnor Jazz Band then formed a torchlight procession and accompanied Santa in an open car to the High Street car park.

Sweets, chocolates, oranges and apples were then given out to the children.


A Ventnor sailor was featured on Australian television after making a model sailplane while travelling on HMS Ark Royal.

The sailor, a member of the Solent Heights Model Flying Club, was sailing to the Far East and Australia when he made a 14ft 7ins model.

25 Years Ago

December 31, 1987

Firefighters used breathing equipment to tackle a mystery blaze at a store at Warner’s Puckpool holiday camp, in Ryde.

The fire was first spotted by camp security staff in an unoccupied part of the complex.

It destroyed the brick building.


A five-year council house building programme in South Wight came to a halt, following a fall in cash allocated to the council.

However, the council still intended to carry out developments of rented accommodation and low-cost housing for first-time buyers.


Nessie — made out of tyres and materials — suddenly appeared in a "loch" at Arreton.

Accompanied by two swans, Nessie surprised and delighted passing motorists.

The field had previously featured two man-made penguins.

10 Years Ago

December 27, 2002

Off-road vehicles destroyed crops and ancient monuments in West Wight.

Rare species were also threatened after four or five vehicles illegally went off the trail at Tennyson, Brook and Compton Downs to race in disused chalk quarries.


Children aged ten to 17 had to scrub out graffiti they had painted, under a newly introduced scheme.

A total of £45,000 was spent on the scheme, which made young people write letters of apology to victims as well as repairing damage they had caused.

The idea had led to a reduction in reoffending in an area where the scheme had been introduced.

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