Looking Back, Friday, November 16, 2012

By Abby Rugg

Published on Friday, November 16, 2012 - 11:08


100 Years Ago - November 16, 1912

A FAMILY of eight narrowly escaped a fire that broke out in their dairy shop and home in Cowes High Street. 

The parents were woken by the smell of smoke and immediately rushed their children out of the building.

The fire started in the kitchen and quickly spread through the house. Neighbours were on hand to help the family.


An exhibition of artificial flowers by the blind girls of Flower Girls’ Mission attracted many visitors to the Drill Hall, Newport, where they could watch the girls at work.


A debate took place at the Conservative club in Freshwater, where members were asked whether bachelors should be taxed.
The vice-chairman led the discussion and 30 votes were counted.

Eighteen voted in favour and 12 were against.

75 Years Ago - November 20, 1937

Scouts and cubs from all parts of the IW attended performances of the gang show at the Odeon cinema, Newport.

The foyer of the cinema was decorated with flags of Newport troops and cub packs, with camping equipment, complete with a tent.


Police had a report about a bird from Germany being found in Northwood.

A resident discovered her cat had killed a starling in her garden.

On further investigation, the owner found a metal ring on the starling’s leg, with the word "Germany" stamped.


Record numbers of people crossing The Solent on the Lymington to Yarmouth ferry route were recorded in the Southern Railway magazine.

During the summer, 170,051 passengers and 1,790 cars were transported across the water.

Compared to results five years earlier, the ferry carried 32,619 extra passengers and 628 more cars.

50 Years Ago - November 17, 1962

The IW and Hampshire constabulary (IW division) won the annual county competition for the second year running.

The event was organised by the St John Ambulance Brigade at Priory Boys’ School, Newport.

Five teams took part and it was the third year the competition was held.


Car parking charges introduced by the council were profitable in Sandown.

However, a loss was shown in Shanklin, according to the accounts submitted to the general purposes committee.

Suggestions to instal a ticket machine at Vernon Meadow park were also considered.


Priory Secondary School girls, who took part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, built their own canoe, using materials supplied by the parent-teacher association.

The assistant director of the scheme visited Cowes to launch the craft in the presence of IW youth leaders.

25 Years Ago - November 20, 1987

Flooding after heavy rainfall caused problems, with staff from the county highways department and firemen joining forces.

County Hall opened its emergency operations room and 70 workers helped.

Ryde Esplanade was badly affected and seafront residents used sandbags as a precaution.


Plans for a £1 million scheme to provide parking for 151 cars and 40 coaches at Ryde seafront was described as a golden opportunity for the town.

Medina Borough Council agreed to go ahead with the scheme, aimed at easing congestion around the Esplanade.


Dog owners took a stroll around Parkhurst Forest and raised £460 for the RSPCA’s animal home at Godshill.

10 Years Ago - November 15, 2002

The IW received a £72,983 National Lottery grant to improve childcare services on the Island.

Money came from the New Opportunities Fund to create 139 additional childcare places.

It was used to create new breakfast, after-school and holiday clubs and extend several services, aimed at children aged between three and 14.


The closure of IW council toilets in Ventnor over winter angered the town council.

At a meeting, members asked if they had to stay indoors for six months or be forced to use the bushes if caught short when outdoors.

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