Looking Back, Friday, March 2, 2012

By Jamie White

Published on Friday, March 02, 2012 - 11:08


100 Years Ago - March 2, 1912

A workhouse inmate was charged with being drunk and disorderly.

He came to the Newport workhouse very drunk and the master saw he was unable to stand properly.

He admitted drinking alcohol but denied he was abusive towards staff.

Newport Borough Police Court dismissed him with a caution.


Messrs F. and R. Newell were praised for their work to improve a road in Seaview.

They widened the road by 12ft and set back the fence at the east end of Duver Road.

The improvements were greatly appreciated by locals who used the road, which would now be able to cope with more traffic.


An East Cowes woman was charged with stealing a packet of tea from a pub.

The landlord of the White Hart told the court he noticed a quarter pound packet of tea was missing and asked the woman if she knew anything about it.

She denied any knowledge, but later revealed she had the packet. She was arrested and released on bail.

75 Years Ago - March 6, 1936

Chess enthusiasts from various parts of the Island met in Ryde Town Hall for the visit of world famous chess master, Koltanowski.

The master wowed spectators as he played against 12 members of the IW Chess Club simultaneously.

He won nine of the 12 games and was congratulated by the mayor and other dignitaries who watched him.


A pilot made a forced landing in a field in Whitwell.

The plane, with two passengers on board, was flying from Devon to Sussex when it encountered low cloud and fog over the IW coastline.

It was undamaged and all the occupants escaped unharmed.


A 30-ton hayrick belonging to a Carisbrooke man was destroyed by fire.

The rick, which was in a field, was seen by farm employees and the fire brigade was called.

Investigators believed the rick, which was insured for £150, was targeted by arsonists.

50 Years Ago - March 3, 1962

Shanklin Hotel and Guest House Association expressed concern at the continued cliff erosion affecting the cliff walk.

Members discussed the condition of sea defences, groynes and the bad state of the beaches and agreed to do all they could to improve it.


A suggestion for a casino in Ventnor was discussed at a meeting of the town council.

The idea was put forward by Ventnor Professional and Businessmen’s Association.

The council said a casino would be a private enterprise and it wouldn’t be involved.


A concert organised and presented by the Ryde Philharmonic Society, formerly the IW Symphony Orchestra, was presented.

The event, in Ryde Town Hall, delighted an audience of around 400, at Ryde Town Hall.

25 Years Ago - March 6, 1987

Tons of brickwork and masonry dropped to the road in Chale as a hillside garage collapsed seconds after the owner left the building.

Hugh Dinsdale would have been in his car, if he hadn’t forgotten his keys and returned to his cottage to fetch them.

His car was crushed under the rubble, along with a motorcycle, two bicycles and a canoe.


The derelict Blue Lagoon site on Sandown Esplanade, described by residents as the town’s eyesore, had the chance of a new lease of life.

A planing application for the site included 48 one and two-bedroom apartments in a six and seven-storey block, with a basement car park and shops.

The application would be considered by the South Wight planning committee.


Objectors to a three-day rock gospel festival, on farmland between Godshill and Shanklin, hoped to sway the council to their side.

The festival would feature rock and gospel singers and talks and seminars for young people.

There were fears if the festival was given the go- ahead, it could open the door for other mass gatherings.

10 Years Ago - March 8, 2002

Archaeologists made fascinating discoveries during excavations at Brading Roman Villa.

The dig, led by Kevin Trott, uncovered three major finds, including ground dating back to before the Iron Age.


A multi-million pound 70-berth marina was set to be created in Cowes, with the costs subsidised by a six-storey development next door of 61 apartments.

The project at Shephards Wharf, on land owned by Cowes Harbour Commission, was cost at around £3 million.

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