Looking Back, Friday, October 19, 2012

By Jamie White

Published on Friday, October 19, 2012 - 11:08


100 Years Ago - October 19, 1912

A Newport labourer pleaded guilty to having used profane language in Medina Avenue.

PC Woodford said the defendant was under the influence of drink and forced an elderly man and woman to cross the road to avoid him.

The court decided as it was the man’s first appearance, the case would be dismissed with a payment of 5s costs.


Children in Ryde were given a special lesson about life in in an African country.

The Rev Scrivener visited the Sunday school to tell the children about his life and work in Congo.


A car collision in Binstead left two vehicles badly damaged but their occupants escaped unharmed.

The incident happened on the corner of Pitts Road, when a car turned sharply into Main Road. It collided with another car, which went on to hit a lamp post.

A child standing nearby narrowly escaped being hit in the crash.

75 Years Ago - October 23, 1937

A dog that went missing for four days was found alive on a cliff ledge.

The dog had fallen off the cliff at Luccombe and landed on a 2ft square ledge.

Two members of staff from the wireless station at Culver rescued the animal.

Although a little thin after days without food or water, the animal was otherwise fine.


A boat for the RNLI, which was built in East Cowes, was officially named by the Duke of Kent.

The Duke visited Blackpool, where the boat would be stationed.

It was built by Messrs Grove and Gutteridge and narrowly escaped being destroyed in the disastrous fire at their yard, which happened just one day after the boat headed north.


The chairman of the Island Conservative Association was involved in a serious car accident.

Sir Henry Sweetman was driving from Freshwater to Ryde when a car attempted to overtake him but hit the front wheel of his vehicle.

Sir Henry’s car skidded across the road before landing in a ditch.

Fortunately, he only suffered bruising and shock.

50 Years Ago - October 20, 1962

A bird flying into overhead high voltage wires was believed to have been the cause for an extensive blackout in the Brading and Yaverland areas.

Hundreds of homes were affected but power was restored within the hour by Southern Electricity Board’s duty engineer at Ryde.


Following extensive renovation work, the new all- purpose head post office was introduced in Union Street, Ryde.

It meant the public could get all transactions dealt with at any position.

The office underwent a full refurbishment, including a layout change and improved, increased writing space.


An East Cowes man was injured in the head and broke his leg when his scooter and a van were in collision at Lushington Hill, Wootton, in fog.

The other vehicle was being driven by an Apse Heath man, who was uninjured.

The scooterist was taken to the Royal IW County Hospital.

25 Years Ago - October 23, 1987

A major clear-up operation was taking place following the devastating storm, which ripped through the south.

Trees were uprooted, roads blocked, houses damaged and boats thrown onto land during the extreme conditions. Winds of more than 100mph left a trail of disaster, including a huge hole at the centre of Shanklin Pier.


One victim of the great storm was Whitefield Farm, Ashey, which faced a desperate situation when power failures made it impossible to milk a dairy herd of 58.

The outlook was grim for the farm and the cattle, until a neighbour stepped in with generators.

The cows were milked but the delay caused mastitis in some of the animals.


Sealink and Red Funnel said they managed "remarkably well" despite heavy seas during the storm.

Car ferries between Fishbourne and Portsmouth were withdrawn on Thursday night and early services the following morning were cancelled.

All services were running again from 8.35am.

The catamarans between Ryde Pier and Portsmouth were also able to run until later in the day, while two Red Funnel sailings were cancelled.

Some damage was caused to the Southampton terminal where a large pontoon was torn away by 15ft waves.


A blazing Sandown hotel was saved through the bravery of three teenagers after they smashed their way into the Esplanade Hotel while firemen were on their way.

They grabbed fire extinguishers and started tackling the flames and also phoned police to raise the alarm.

Police said if the fire had gone on much longer, there could have been a huge explosion due to leaking gas, which would have destroyed the hotel and adjoining properties.

10 Years Ago - October 18, 2002

Traffic problems in Brading, including The Mall and alternative routes for heavy goods vehicles, were to be looked at immediately.

That was the guarantee given to residents at a meeting of Brading Town Council, by IW Council representatives.

Residents raised concerns about the safety of children and pedestrians.


Members of Lake Parish Council were delighted after agreements were finalised to buy Fairway Park and turn it back into a recreation ground.

The council agreed to pay £45,500 to the site owner for the former home of Sandown Football Club.

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