Looking Back, Friday, January 10, 2014

By Sara Bryce

Friday, January 10, 2014


100 Years Ago - January 10, 1914

THE light on The Needles lighthouse was due to be changed in April.

The lighting pattern was to be changed from one flash — known as an occultation — every minute, to two every 20 seconds.


News was received of the safety of Arthur Goodwin, 20, a well-known yachtmaster, from East Cowes, who was shipwrecked off South America.

His parents, Capt and Mrs W. Goodwin, had been anxiously awaiting news for many weeks of their son, who was an apprentice on the Liverpool sailing ship, Dalgonar, sailing from Callao, Peru, to Taltal, Chile.

News eventually came the ship had been abandoned — almost upside down — after a storm and all 26 crew were picked up by the French sailing ship, Loire.


Two Chilean ocean-going destroyers, Lynch and Condell — the first of the powerful vessels ordered by the Chilean Republic from J. S. White and Co — were handed over.

The Lynch was taken out of the harbour and after a successful two-hour trial, was taken over by the republic, followed swiftly by the Condell.

75 Years Ago - January 14, 1939

The wireless station at Niton received an SOS from the oil tanker, Longwood, of London, saying a member of her crew urgently needed medical aid.

The County Hospital and police were informed and the tanker slowed down at Ryde. A small naval boat received the tanker’s engineer as he was lowered.

He was taken to hospital and put to bed just two hours after the SOS call was made.


The Island’s early primroses won royal appreciation, thanks to a gift of 600 sent to Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret from Shanklin schoolchildren.

A letter addressed to the head of Shanklin School said: "The lady-in-waiting is commanded by Her Majesty to thank the children of Shanklin for their very charming thought in sending the box of primroses to Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret.

"Their Royal Highnesses were delighted with the gifts and it was a delightful surprise to them to see primroses at this time of the year."

50 Years Ago - January 11, 1964

A new housing estate designed for elderly people was completed at Staplers Road, Newport.

The estate, next to Polars Guest House, had 18 bungalows, which would be rented to selected tenants.


The driver of an eight-ton truck carrying fruit and vegetables from Newport to East Cowes noticed an unusual orange glow behind his cab.

He stopped his vehicle outside the Prince of Wales Hotel, Osborne, and jumped down to investigate — just as the cab burst into flames.

The fire, caused by an electrical fault, destroyed the cab and damaged part of the chassis.


After fog caused the suspension of some ferry services between Ryde and Portsmouth, suggestions were put forward for diversions to Clarence Pier, Southsea, when the harbour was closed.

British Rail said as ferries could operate in fog, it could be an alternative destination.

50 Years Ago - February 11, 1989

Cancer survivor Malcolm Twinn put four years of fighting for his life behind him on New Year’s Eve when his wife, Stella, gave birth to the twins he never thought he would have.

Malcolm, who had been told five years earlier he had only six months to live, had undergone an operation to remove his eye, jaw and cheekbone, followed by months of radio and chemotherapy. He had been finally given the all-clear.

"I was in tears at the birth," said Malcolm.


Sealink planned to introduce a fourth fast car ferry on its Portsmouth to Fishbourne route.

The new vessel, which was expected to cost more than £7 million, would mean extra sailings in summer, with half-hourly crossings.

In reply to concern extra traffic would lead to further protests from Fishbourne Lane residents, county council leader, Morris Barton, said hopes were high of bringing forward plans for a bypass.


There are pubs and restaurants with fake wishing wells, complete with angling gnomes and pixies.

But Michael Burr had a real well right in the middle of his A La Carte Restaurant, in Brading’s historic High Street.

"I’m not claiming this is the only restaurant on the UK with a well in the dining area but there can’t be that many," said Mr Burr.

The ancient well was discovered by builders during renovation work.

10 Years Ago - January 9, 2004

A multi-million pound plan, aimed at making the Sandown Bay area a tourist paradise, featured a waterpark, extreme sports centre, a museum, new road, car park and upmarket hotels and pubs.

The long-awaited Sandown Bay Regeneration Strategy was aimed at reversing the decline in fortunes of the area.


Jaws dropped when Caroline Plummer made her way down the aisle to marry her long-term partner, Simon Laurence Scott-Jackson, at Holy Trinity Church, Bembridge.

The gasps of amazement were through shock because guests had expected a christening.

Caroline and Simon had dreamed of having a fairytale church wedding but did not want a fuss over their celebrations.

While planning their nine-month-old son’s christening, they decided to marry at the same time.

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