Looking Back, Friday, November 30, 2012

By Sara Bryce

Published on Friday, November 30, 2012 - 11:08


100 Years Ago - November 30 1912

THE STRIKE among Cowes shipwrights continued, this being the fifth week the men had not been working.

Only one of the many shipwrights at the port resumed working while the others remained on strike for some time.


Two respectably dressed young men from Freshwater, who were described at fish hawkers, were charged with stealing turnips.

The defendants took the turnips from a field, before driving away with a pony and cart. They received a small fine.


A new system of electrical fire alarms was used for the first time after a bedroom fireplace was found well alight.

The bells worked perfectly and the fire brigade was soon on site.

75 Years Ago - December 4, 1937

Love for a Cowes girl, which was unrequited, led to one of the Polish sailors, who were stationed at Cowes while ships for their navy were being built, getting into serious trouble.

The sailor faced punishment, imprisonments and dismissal from the service for falling in love with a local girl, but was treated leniently after the district council heard this was the only blot on the Polish Navy’s record at Cowes.


A three-day carnival was proposed for Shanklin, including a motor-car rally, dog show, dance, carnival queen, fireworks and children’s sports.

The carnival plan was heavily supported and approved provisionally.


A cow strayed onto the railway line between Brading and Sandown, and was killed by a train running from Ryde to Ventnor.

The cow died immediately but the light train did not appear to be damaged.

50 Years Ago - December 1, 1962

A potentially dangerous box of assorted tablets, plus two bottles of red medicine reported stolen from a doctor’s car on the Island were found by the doctor, who had initially contacted police.


Despite attempts by Southern Vectis Omnibus Company to stop damage and vandalism at Newport Bus Station, and a campaign in the County Press, damage was still being caused.

The ladies’ toilets were closed due to the damage and the director ordered a turnstile be installed.


Two Cowes men pleaded guilty to producing a home-made rocket and damaging the gas board’s warehouse in Cowes.

The missile was made using garden chemicals and charcoal and went out of sight up into the sky before crash landing through the roof and first floor of the warehouse, before becoming buried in the floor.

25 Years Ago - December 4, 1987

Solent ferry services were held up by winds gusting up to 60mph.

The Red Funnel service from Cowes to Southampton operated their early-morning services, but had to cancel all subsequent services.

Hovertravel and Sealink services were also cancelled.


A 12-hour sponsored music marathon organised by Sandown Baptist teenagers raised £200 towards the £45,000 needed to replace the front wall of the church, which is more than 100 years old.

They ran sing-along sessions every hour, they took turns playing the piano and were provided with endless cups of tea and sandwiches by visiting supporters.


Ryde Commodore’s cinema was closed for economic reasons.

It brought to an end 44 years in the cinema business for the manager, as he, and his 15 part-time and full-time staff, were made redundant.

The cinema was built in the late 1930s, and had once seated more than 800 people for both screen and stage productions.

The cinema has since re-opened under new management.

10 Years Ago - November 29, 2002

A place in the record books was assured for Cowes-based sailor Ellen MacArthur, who was hailed as the greatest female solo sailor of all time, following her triumph in sailing the single-handed Route du Rhum transatlantic race.

Sailing her 60ft monohull, Kingfisher, Ellen slashed two days off the race record.


It was a case of many paws make light work for a newspaper delivery team of one boy and his dog.

The 13-year-old Ross Mabey and his border collie, Kym, did the Carisbrooke round every morning, and the 11-year-old dog memorised all the houses on the round and could even differentiate between his weekday and weekend rounds.

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