Looking Back, Friday, January 24, 2013

By Sara Bryce

Friday, January 24, 2014


100 Years Ago - January 24, 1914

AN EXTRACT from a ferry timetable was reprinted in satirical magazine Punch after it inadvertently discriminated against some passengers.

The motor service between Freshwater and Newport called for 'light’ passengers only.

The mistake, which greatly amused the magazine’s readers, was thought to have occurred when the word 'eight’ was misread.


Another naval fleet pageant at Spithead was planned for the summer.

It was thought in naval circles that King George V would review the fleet off the coast of Portsmouth at the same time as the Cowes Week regatta.

The fleet to be reviewed at the pageant was thought to be of a record size and a French Squadron would also be present and inspected by the king.


Passengers between Ryde and Portsmouth welcomed the return of the steamer SS Princess Margaret after she was extensively refitted.

The vessel was installed with electric light throughout and it was said the convenience of smokers had been 'considerately respected’ by the provision of a comfortable smoke room aft.

A ladies toilet was also built and shelter was created for inclement weather

75 Years Ago - January 28, 1939

Following a fatal accident on Quarr Hill, County Press readers called on pedestrians to walk on the right-hand side of the road rather than the left.

Readers also called for cyclists to leave a margin for walkers on roads and it was suggested pedestrians using country roads at night carry a white handkerchief in their left hand, which would show up in the headlights of a car.


The Island was fortunate in missing heavy snowfall that was experienced across the country south of London.

The tempering influence of the sea had its effect and prevented the Island from enduring a fall of six or more inches, which was seen on the hills around Petersfield.

The Island was not entirely free of snow but it was well mixed with rain and quickly disappeared.


Train services were interrupted following a train derailment and a spate of bad weather.

An early-morning mail train running between Newport and Freshwater derailed while running downhill near Great Park Farm, Carisbrooke, causing the coaches and wagons to crash into each other and the engine to coast down the track.

A heavy rainfall flooded the track between Merstone and Sandown cutting the tracks off for two days.

50 Years Ago - January 25, 1964

A carpenter on board the Greek ship, Katina TH, was taken to the Royal IW County Hospital after an accident.

Bembridge reserve lifeboat, Cunard, was launched after coastguards notified them of a call from the ship calling for medical help for the injured seaman.

A doctor travelled out with the lifeboat and boarded the ship, which was near the Nab Tower lighthouse, before deciding to take the seaman back to Bembridge where an ambulance took him to hospital. The ship continued to Sweden.


The installation of a powerful new foghorn at The Needles lighthouse passed without comment on the Island but appeared to cause concern on the other side of The Solent.

A BBC television interview with residents of Barton-on-Sea included one man saying he planned to appeal to Trinity House to either reduce the volume of the foghorn or direct it south of The Needles as the sound prevented his wife from sleeping.

A woman said when she heard the foghorn she merely closed the window and went back to sleep.


A mystery hole was investigated by seven men from the bomb disposal unit at Horsham, Sussex, after it was discovered by ploughman Roy Peach at Puckwell Farm, Niton.

The men dug around the hole, which was 2ft wide and 15ft deep, to search for a missile after it was suggested movements of a wartime bomb could have caused it.

A spokesman for the IW Unidentified Flying Objects Investigation Society said though the signs implied the hole was caused by the movement of a bomb, a space object could not be ruled out.

25 Years Ago - January 20, 1989

A workman was lucky to be alive after striking an underground power cable with a pace breaker in Newport.

Dean Cooke, of Ventnor, was with a team of county council workmen installing new traffic lights at the junction of the High Street and St James’s Street.

He suffered flash burns and was severely shocked after the equipment — used for breaking up concrete — hit the cable.


The county council stepped up efforts to explain major improvements being carried out at the Island’s busiest junction to the motoring public.

The council printed 10,000 leaflets outlining the £200,000 project at Coppins Bridge and 15,000 illustrated brochures were distributed through petrol stations, garages and libraries.

The scheme was aimed at speeding up the flow of traffic through Coppins Bridge with the installation of the computer linked traffic light system.


The latest deterrent to shoplifting was installed at a Ryde discount store in the shape of a 6ft 2ins tall cardboard cut-out policeman.

According to proprietor Fred Lee, the psychological effect of having a reminder of the long arm of the law on the premises put off potential thieves. It was later reported the cut-out copper had been stolen.

10 Years Ago - January 23, 2004

Arts and other services faced possible cutbacks as the IW Council struggled to keep the council tax rise within the government’s capping limit.

Islanders faced the prospect of a 5.9 per cent jump in their bills just for a standstill budget and any increase in spending from committees would have resulted in a proposed £323,000 package of cutbacks, including a reduction in grants to community arts group Platform One, Quay Arts and the IW Symphony Orchestra, closure of Ryde’s Waterside Cafe and the replacing of Medina Leisure Centre’s cafe with vending machines.


A neighbour was left seeing blue and yellow but not red in both senses of the word in the latest round of a fence dispute.

Unable to reach agreement with his pensioner neighbour Tom Rooney over erecting a new fence, colourful developer Lord Redhead put one up himself on his own land and slapped on blue, yellow and red paint in stripes on his neighbour’s side.

Lord Redhead said: "I am just finishing off building a beautiful house for myself and a new fence was needed to separate me from next door's garden.

"It is my neighbour’s responsibility but I asked him for just £200 from a cost of £1,150 for a new fence but he didn’t want to know."

Mr Rooney said: "If the object was to put my nose out of joint it certainly hasn’t worked. I quite like it really."

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