Looking Back, Friday, February 14, 2014

By Sara Bryce

Friday, February 14, 2014


100 Years Ago - February 14, 1904
A revolving fan left an employer at J. S. White and Co with a severe scalp wound, when carrying out preliminary trials on board a new destroyer.
The man was taken to the Frank James Cottage Hospital, where he was recovering well.
A Cowes man was stranded on the steam-yacht Warrior, near Cape Augusta, Columbia. Fears were mounting for the man, because the ship was likely to become a wreck.
Rough seas caused considerable damage to the Springvale front in Seaview.
The road was torn up and heavy rains flooded the Duver fields.

75 Years Ago - February 18, 1939
The choirmen at All Saints’ Church, Ryde, who had the week before avoided the church in protest against the vicar’s criticism of the standard of church music, resumed duties.
Several of the men held a meeting with the vicar, where an amicable settlement was happily reached.
The Women’s Voluntary Service were hoping for more recruits.
They already had 98 clerical, 121 transport, 248 casualty, 249 domestic, 129 communications, 28 evacuation, 86 miscellaneous duties, 194 assistant wardens and 42 executive staff.
A man who struck a kerb while driving in Newport knocked into nine concrete posts, breaking six of them.
The car overturned but none of the five occupants was seriously injured.
The driver had been crouching forward, for better vision, when his head struck part of the car and he was stunned by the impact.
His defending lawyer said the kerb was comparatively new and was not marked with red reflectors or painted black and white.

50 Years Ago - February 15, 1964
A skull and bones found at the Strand, Ryde, when workmen were excavating a sewer, was not to be investigated  further.
A pathologist said the remains were about 200 years old.
It was presumed they belonged to one of the 600 men who went down with HMS Royal George in 1782.
Many of the victims had washed ashore at Ryde.
Nearly 300 acres were to be set aside for a natural land and sea park at Freshwater Bay.
The deputy county planning officer suggested the county council should acquire the Golden Hill Fort for industrial and recreational purposes.
The officer said with longer holidays and a five-day working week, it was right the Island provided an attraction.
The proposals included a school for sailing proficiency.
The officer said it was better to encourage this sort of recreational attraction than supporting bingo or motorcycle racing tracks.
St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School was opened in a fine new building in the grounds of Carisbrooke Convent.
The building cost £41,000.
Nuns, priests and teachers from other catholic schools turned out for the opening ceremony.
It was announced there would be total openness between science and religion, and an endeavour for the truth.

25 Years Ago - February 10, 1989
East Cowes was to be transformed into an international yachting centre, fit for the 21st century.
Plans unveiled by Westland Aerospace for a 16-acre waterfront site were deemed by the East Cowes Business Association, as the most worthwhile and plausible ever put forward on the IW.
The plans included a 550-berth marina, 150-bedroom hotel, conference centre with specialist shopping facilities, and 600 houses.
Police officers unearthed a firearms cache hidden in Ryde.
It contained shotguns and air rifles stolen from a Cowes shop, the previous December.
The arsenal, worth £1,470, was recovered from Puckpool Park, relieving fears the guns had made their way into the hands of hold-up gangs. 
The Quay Arts Centre, Newport, was set to be turned into a vibrant arts showpiece, with a 200-seat theatre, dance workshop and exhibition area, with restaurant and conference facilities.
The plans were revealed as part of a possible private takeover by a major private developer.

10 Years Ago - February 13, 2004
Two of the Island’s three seaside road trains were to be axed.
The Sandown train was coming to the end of its useful life and a replacement was expected to cost up to £100,000.
The Sandown and Ryde trains, which had both been making a loss, were under threat because of council budget cutbacks.
The scrapping of the Island’s three-tier school system was to be considered by the IW Council in a bid to improve exam results.
Ofsted inspectors told the local education authority it must do better, after slipping behind the rest of the country.
Only 44.3 per cent of the Island’s students obtained five or more A to C grades at GCSE, compared to a national average of 52.9 per cent.
The report indicated the primary, middle and high schools system was disruptive to learning.

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