100 Years Ago - October 11, 1913
A TWO-YEAR-OLD child fell into the water off Bannister’s Wharf and was rescued in the nick of time by the master of a steam yacht.
In response to cries for help, the captain hurried to the scene and without waiting to remove any of his clothing, jumped into the water and brought the child safely ashore.
The entrance hall, board and committee rooms of the Island workhouse were pleasantly transformed, by decoration and furnishing, for the first sale of art work completed by inmates.
Nine men in the cripple ward, four women in the house and four in the infirmary enthusiastically took up the work of making mats and baskets, wood carving and much more.
The naval airship, Astra-Torres, which left Farnborough, passed over The Solent and Cowes. The huge aircraft flew low enough to be well seen. It covered 250 miles in just five hours.
75 Years Ago - October 8, 1938
Deep concern was expressed by the public works committee over the growing practice of roller skating on public roads.
It recommended representations be made with a view to legislation being introduced to prohibit skating on public roads.
Mr Chiverton said on one occasion he saw a boy on a cycle towing six youngsters behind him on skates.
The Ryde town clerk reported the Fire Brigades Act 1938 made it compulsory for them to provide efficient brigades subject to inspection by Home Office officials. He added that because of this, instead of the brigade costing a 1d rate, in future it would be 3d.
The Post Office held its first air raid safety lecture. It was attended by 15 people, who were shown how to deal with an emergency.
The British Red Cross Society placed its equipment at the disposal of the class.
Staff who did not attend would be trained by anti-gas instructors.
50 Years Ago - October 12, 1963
Plans for a classified road bridge across the River Medina at Cowes were backed by the ferry committee of Cowes Town Council.
The floating bridge ferry was described as inadequate for the growing level of traffic.
The size of the area prohibited a larger floating bridge.
A five-hour search for a ship in distress bore no fruit as Yarmouth Lifeboat was forced to call off the search.
A may day signal was received at 8.50pm, leading to the lifeboat being launched.
The lifeboat used the new, highly efficient transistor radio and flares to search the surrounding area.
After several hours of searching, the lifeboat called off the search just after midnight.
During the search, the coastguard battled against the elements to search from the cliff tops.
Pensioners from Sandown and Shanklin secured several concessions from the council, granting them equal rights with visiting OAPs.
The local pensioners were granted access to the pier, use of deck chairs and a free game of putting, after years of feeling aggrieved at the disparity.
25 Years Ago - October 7, 1988
A £2 million car and coach park scheme for Ryde seafront was approved by Medina planners.
The scheme involved relocating the Hovertravel terminal and building space for 309 cars and 55 coaches.
New access would be provided for the arcade and toilets, while the Vectis Boating and Fishing Club, and the Pavilion Fishing Club would have to be moved.
A little girl had to be plied away from her 'dogsbody’ pushchair by two ambulance crewmen and several firemen.
The 18 month old became entangled with the cuddly dog pushchair when her mother turned her back for just a few minutes.
After ten minutes of trying to free her, the worried mother called 999 for an ambulance.
Five firemen also arrived and they encouraged the ambulance men as they freed the young girl.
A IW Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "It was just part of the job but a bit unusual."
The victim of an explosion spent several hours forcing himself to use a straw pointer to type thank you letters to family and friends.
The man was left severely burned and without a hand when he was caught in an explosion at Wormwood Scrubs prison in London.
The injured man had been working as a wall-coating contractor in the officers’ mess when there was a chemical explosion.
He wrote the letter to the County Press from his hospital bed in Roehampton.
10 Years Ago - October 10, 2003
Shanklin was named in the top ten worst towns to live in if you were young.
The survey carried out by the makers of the drink After Shock compared the ratio of old folks’ homes and undertakers to pubs and clubs.
It concluded being a young person in Shanklin was not much fun, ranking the town the eighth worst place in the country.
Councillors disputed the findings, pointing out the beaches and youth clubs.
An IW councillor swapped her office for a dustcart.
During the four hours of working with the refuse collectors, the councillor was able to identify the problems collectors faced.
One of the main issues was people leaving out bags overnight, meaning animals or yobs had the chance to split them and leave rubbish strewn across the street.