Looking Back, Friday, October 5, 2012

By Jamie White

Published on Friday, October 05, 2012 - 11:08


100 Years Ago - October 5, 1912

The fortkeeper at Bembridge Fort was injured in an accident while he was being lowered into the boat to go ashore.

Something went wrong with the equipment and he was thrown 18ft on to the rocks below. He hurt his back badly and suffered a cut to his head.


A serious accident was narrowly avoided in the High Street, Newport.

A car carrying a party from Sandown and a pair-horsed bus from Freshwater collided on a notoriously dangerous bend but both drivers swerved just in time to avoid a crash.


The torpedo-boat destroyer, Tome, was launched in Cowes.

The vessel was the first of six of this type to be built by John Samuel White & Co and was launched from its East Cowes yard.

It was the largest ever built at Cowes and would join the Chilean navy.

75 Years Ago - October 9, 1937

An 8ft-long shark from the same family as the great white washed up on the shore between Hamstead and Yarmouth, apparently killed after being struck by a ship’s propeller.

The porbeagle was said to be a very rare visitor to the British coast and had a reputation for being fierce.


Islanders presented their governor, Princess Beatrice, with an 80th birthday gift.

The princess was given a chamber organ, built in 1602 and discovered on the IW many years afterwards.

She was delighted with the Islanders’ appreciation of her service.


The Summer Revellers ended a successful fortnight at the Winter Gardens Pavilion, Ventnor, bringing the concert party season to a close.

The bright and attractive show was endorsed by a council member, who said: "The enthusiasm for the extension of the season has been wonderful. For once in a while, the council does something right."

50 Years Ago - October 6, 1962

A Newport man pleaded guilty to discharging an air-gun in the street, to the danger of residents.

A complaint was received by the police that boys were firing air-guns and someone had heard pellets striking woodwork near his head.

The youth said he did not intend to hit anyone.

He was fined £2, with £2 2s 7d costs.


A £23,000 extension to the St Therese Presentation Convent, Ryde, was officially opened by the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Thomas Holland.

The two-storey building contained a well-equipped science laboratory, domestic science room, library, two new classrooms and cloakrooms.


Building work on a new hospital at St Mary’s, Newport, was planned to start in 1968/69 and £1.5 million was earmarked for the project.

The announcement was made in a statement by the Wessex Regional Hospital Board.

25 Years Ago - October 9, 1987

Guests at a Shanklin seafront restaurant and guest house helped with the massive mopping-up operation after floodwater swept through the ground floor.

Despite the chaos, the owners of the Ferncliffe, which was submerged in water, managed to prepare an evening meal for their guests.

It was the second time within a few weeks the premises had become flooded.


An international flavour was given to harvest festival celebrations by first year pupils at Bishop Lovett CE Middle School, Ryde, when 25 boys and girls dressed in costumes from many countries.

All 64 first year pupils were involved in the ceremony at St John’s Church, Ryde, with outfits ranging from oriental to Spanish, based on the theme of harvests from other lands.


Outline plans for a multi-million pound marina, leisure and homes development, which would transform Ventnor seafront and open the way to hydrofoil links with Cherbourg, were submitted to South Wight Borough Council.

It was hoped the English Tourist Board would help with the scheme.

10 Years Ago - October 4, 2002

The Island was bracing itself for bad weather and the highest tides for 40 years.

Tides of 16ft were expected and measures were being put in place by the IW Council and the Environment Agency to deal with any flooding.


More than 1,000 motorcyclists gathered to say their goodbyes to local motorcycle dealer, Pat Death, who died in a road traffic accident earlier in the year.

Led by members of Mr Death’s family and staff, the motorcyclists staged a ride-out from Blackgang to Carisbrooke Castle, via Yarmouth and Mr Death’s Carisbrooke shop.

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