Looking Back, Friday, December 7, 2012

By Sara Bryce

Published on Friday, December 07, 2012 - 12:15


100 Years Ago - December 7, 1912

A NUMBER of prisoners at Camp Hill Prison at Parkhurst rioted after one of them had pipe and tobacco privileges removed.

Wardens from the old Convict Prison nearby came to help the prison’s own wardens and the disturbance did not develop further than screaming of obscene language.


Photographs of a new reservoir in East Cowes were featured in the Architects and Builders’ Journal, to mark its opening.

The million-gallon, 16ft-deep reinforced concrete reservoir was built by Brading and Sons, of East Cowes, for the Island district council.


A Wroxall clock tower scheme was completed after months of hard work and was said to be a handsome and useful ornament to the village.

75 Years Ago - December 11, 1937

A freak storm of snow, hail, rain and thunder caused extensive flooding on the Island, with four inches of rain falling in Newport.

The deluge, double the previous record for one day of rainfall, caused chaos on the roads and flooded some properties.


A large Union Flag was flown from the top of shipbuilders, J. Samuel White and Co’s huge crane, to let the people of Cowes know the company had secured another important contract.

The company would build two destroyers for Brazil, soon after finishing two flotilla leaders for Poland.


A Ventnor resident was presented with a present by Princess Beatrice for being the most cheerful patient in the district.

The 85-year-old patient received a bed jacket from the princess after keeping her good humour through the amputation of her leg and death of her husband.

50 Years Ago - December 8, 1962

A Yarmouth couple’s 30ft yacht, Wander III, which made history by sailing around the world twice, featured at a London boat show.

The wooden yacht joined other craft in a pool at the International Boat Show, in Earls Court.


A bomb scare at Ryde turned out to be a piece of corrugated iron covering the carcass of a dead dog.

Bomb disposal experts were called from the mainland to investigate the suspected bomb after workmen reported seeing the fins of an explosive device behind a laundry company.

25 Years Ago - December 11, 1987

Nine workers at a Cowes furniture manufacturer, narrowly escaped injury when a fire swept through the factory, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The men were having a tea break when the fire, caused by an electrical fault, started at Island Pine Ltd, in Cowes.


County Press staff were literally bubbling over with enthusiasm after winning a national competition.

The top prize of 12 bottles of champagne was awarded to staff by organisers of National Fast Food for a two-page feature in a November issue of the paper.


A Ryde bricklayer had the most famous nose on the Island, as it helped him earn a place in the world records book, and £400 for his rowing club.

Richard Gawn used his grazed nose to push a dried pea 881 metres around Ryde Canoe Lake, in a time of two hours, 47 minutes and 58 seconds.

10 Years Ago - December 6, 2002

Island middle school pupils proved they were boffins after their science results were among the top ten per cent in the country for 11 year olds.

Improvements were also seen in mathematics and English studies.


A Brading mother decorated her home with hundreds of sparkling Christmas lights and decorations, as a way of saying thank you to a charity that took her daughter on a dream holiday to Florida.

Tamara Hancock asked visitors to make a donation to the charity, Dreamflight, after her 13-year-old cerebral palsy daughter, Rebecca, was taken to Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Ocean World.

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