Looking Back, Friday, January 11, 2013

By Sara Bryce

Published on Friday, January 11, 2013 - 11:08


100 Years Ago - January 11, 1913

A CLIFF footpath in Sandown, which became dangerous after many landslips, was reopened after an Islander gifted a strip of land.

The land enabled the path to be widened and made safe.


A car and a pony-and-trap had an accident in Yarmouth after the car clipped a post and spooked the pony.

The pony bolted into the path of the car, which crashed into a fence and a the occupants were thrown into the road.

One woman was found unconscious with a nasty cut to her forehead and was taken to the Pier Hotel to recover.


The Sandown Fire Brigade held a practice drill at Los Altos House, now the Broadway Park Hotel, to familiarise firemen with a new private fire hydrant.

The conditions were very realistic and the house owner said he was very impressed with the firemen and provided them with light refreshments.

75 Years Ago - January 15, 1938

A large ivy covered ash tree tumbled and blocked a road in Calbourne.

It brought down all telephone wires, causing problems to telecommunications between Newport and Freshwater.

Nearby residents eventually dragged the tree clear of the road.


HMS Impulsive, one of the Intrepid Class destroyers, which was built in Cowes, by J. Samuel White and Co for the navy, left for a dry dock in Southampton, to be completed by mainland shipbuilders.


While working on repairs to a shopfront in the High Street, in Shanklin, a shop worker was hit on the head by a falling roof slate. The slate, which had had come loose, pierced his cap and cut his head.

50 Years Ago - January 12, 1963

Four buses got stuck in Arreton after a single-deck bus, followed by two double-deck buses from Sandown, met a double-deck bus from Newport at a point where hard-packed ice, several feet deep, narrowed the road.

After a lot of manoeuvring by the drivers, the roadblock was cleared.


A 12-year-old girl saved the life of her younger sister, aged nine, after her nightwear caught fire on an electric heater, at their home in Whippingham.

The girls’ parents had gone out to retrieve a stranded car, when the elder girl heard her sister’s screams.

She rushed in to the room and smothered the flames with a blanket, put her sister to bed, and telephoned the postmaster, who took them to hospital.


A taxi and car were badly damaged after they skidded and crashed on an icy road in Brading.

The snow-packed highway had been reduced to a single lane.

Immediately afterwards, a van drove into the back of the taxi.

25 Years Ago - January 15, 1988

Brother and sister, Steven and Cathy Rogers, of Ryde High School, were both offered places at the University of Oxford at the same time.

Steven, 19, was guaranteed a place at St Anne’s College, Oxford, and 17-year-old Cathy, was offered a place at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, dependent on her A-level results.


Pupils at Gatten and Lake Primary School did their bit towards the BBC television Blue Peter Rags Appeal for 1,000 tonnes of cotton and woollen garments and other material.

Proceeds from the sale of the material were for specially trained ponies and equipment for the Riding for the Disabled groups across the country.


Ventnor residents who chased and detained a youth after he robbed a 60-year- old woman, said they had no hesitation in helping her.

The four heroes, brother and sister Mark and Jane Wheeler, 40-year-old Roger Backhouse and his son, Stuart, 16, all received £25 each from the Island’s High Sheriff.

10 Years Ago - January 10, 2003

An explosive report on health services suggested Islanders would have to go to the mainland for all emergency surgery and trauma services, for some planned operations and even for births by caesarian or forceps. 

Children needing hospital treatment could go to Southampton, Portsmouth, or Basingstoke.


Islanders were urged to unite and make the idea of trams in the streets of Newport a reality.

Island Metro wanted the new year to signal in preparation of an ambitious bid for government transport cash.

The group wanted the IW Council and the government to appreciate how important public transport was to prevent the Island grinding to a gridlocked halt.


Residents called for action from the IW Council to halt the constant flooding around their homes in Gurnard.

The renewed calls came after most of the residents’ gardens were flooded when the river burst its banks.

The council had agreed to repair a collapsed wall to protect the houses but following more storm damage to it, the offer was withdrawn.

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