100 Years Ago - September 13, 1913
THE question of supporting the Daylight Saving Bill was referred to the Cowes Finance Committee.
Cllr Fellows provoked laughter when he said he had a hazy idea that under the bill they would have to get up at 5am and kid themselves it was 6am and they would not catch him doing that.
Questions were asked at the Watch Committee as to why police officers were being appointed from as far afield as Wales, Chichester and London, rather than recruited locally.
The chief constable argued only a small cost was incurred by travelling to interview candidates. But, it was generally agreed by the room that IW men were fit for purpose and should be considered more often.
Cowes Harbour took further steps to install a breakwater when a meeting was called to insert a clause into the Cowes Harbour Act.
The new clause would give the harbour commission the necessary powers to make the necessary improvements.
A rare and valuable bird was killed by the pond at Bonchurch.
It is believed stones were thrown at the fulmar bird, causing it to die.
75 Years Ago - September 17, 1938
An inquest was held into the death of an inmate at the Camp Hill Borstal Institution.
It was the first death to occur since it became a borstal in 1931.
It was believed the cause of death was tuberculosis.
The Imperial Airways flying boat, Camilla, was forced into Bembridge due to fog.
The Camilla, carrying six passengers, was headed for the new marine air base on Southampton Water, having left Egypt two days before.
It was one of 28 giant flying boats operating on the Imperial Airways Empire lines, and was built to eliminate the use of trains during Empire air journeys. It was fitted with sleeping accommodation for overnight flights.
A meeting of air raid wardens was held at the Town Hall in Ryde.
During the week, 20,000 respirators arrived at Puckpool Park and there were fears they would be called into use sooner rather than later.
Prior attempts to organise air raid precautions had been jeered but that week there was a concerted effort to distribute respirators as soon as possible.
50 Years Ago - September 14, 1963
Two of three flats in Madeira Road, Ventnor, were considerably damaged during a gas explosion.
It was believed the explosion was caused by an electric fault igniting a gas pipe.
The blast blew out the bay window of the lower flat and a good deal of flooring was burnt before the flames were extinguished by Ventnor Fire Brigade.
The 25 knot H.D.1 hovercraft was set to launch from the Island.
The new machine, which had a wooden hull, was powered by two Coventry Climax engines for lift and two Rolls-Royce engines for propulsion.
The 50ft-long craft was due to launch from Messrs John Samuel White and Co’s shipyard in Cowes.
An 18-year-old holidaymaker was left stranded on the ledge of Whitecliff, Bembridge, after trying to take a short cut during a walk. She was rescued by other walkers before the coastguard could attend.
25 Years Ago - September 16, 1988
The popular but unprofitable Westridge Swimming Pool, Ryde, was facing closure.
Plans, costing £30 million, had been drawn up for a major redevelopment, including a major theme park, a ten-pin bowling alley or cinema complex, with a new pool built nearby.
An Island lifeboatman flew to Dakar to perform a vital role during the Bangladesh flood disaster.
Along with a colleague, he planned to spend two weeks instructing people in the use and maintenance of ten inflatable lifeboats, which the British Red Cross Society had bought from the RNLI.
The Island sorting offices returned to normal after a postal strike on the mainland. The strike had not affected internal Island post but had led to a backlog of post at Ryde.
Prison officers were continuing industrial action at Parkhurst over manning levels.
The Parkhurst Prison Officers Association was waiting for confirmation more staff would be brought to the prison to boost officer numbers.
10 Years Ago - September 12, 2003
A horticulturist returned home to find his garden had been bulldozed over.
Chris Gravez, of Shanklin, thought his wife had organised a celebrity makeover for his 58th birthday.
But Mr Gravez’s dream came to an abrupt end when his wife, Jenny, returned home and screamed with shock at the damage.
It turned out a gardener had got the wrong house.
Mars was the centre of attention for hundreds of stargazers who gathered at Ventnor Botanic Garden.
Around 300 people marvelled at the heavens through a dozen telescopes at a Vectis Astronomical Society star party and picnic.
Society members were on hand to point out the wonders of the sky, especially Earth’s nearest neighbour, Mars.