Looking Back, Friday, September 21, 2012

By Jamie White

Published on Friday, September 21, 2012 - 11:08


100 Years Ago - September 21, 1912

A WOMAN was charged with using obscene language at Coppins Bridge, Newport.

PC Sanderson stated the defendant was using filthy language and when requested to stop, she ran to her husband saying: "You old —, I will burn the — house down tonight."

She continued the bad language when she got home.

She was fined 5s with 7s 6d costs.


The sixth annual festival of the Cowes Sea Anglers was held in poor weather conditions.

A good number of anglers, including enthusiasts from across the Island, left on the SS Prince for the fishing grounds on The Solent.

Sadly, due to the terrible weather, there was a scarcity of fish but the trip was deemed as an enjoyable one.


A plucky rescue occurred in the sea at Freshwater Bay.

A young lady visitor, who was staying with relatives, was bathing from the beach when she got out of her depth and sank.

A young visitor, who was walking on the Esplanade, noticed her peril and with great pluck and promptitude entered the water fully dressed and rescued the woman.

75 Years Ago - September 25, 1937

Five members of the Shanklin branch of the Royal British Legion left for Germany to arrange a visit of a larger party of their fellow members.

The advanced party featured several Island senior members, who proceeded to Hamburg, Berlin and Bremen before returning to the Island.

The visit gave them a chance to explore the country and meet members of the German Ex-Servicemen’s Association.


The annual parade of the IW Fire Brigades Federation was held in Ventnor Park but numbers were down due to the appalling weather.

Brigades from Ventnor, Osborne House, East Cowes, Newport, Shanklin, Sandown, West Cowes and Ryde were all represented, while five of them took their fire engines.

The town band led the procession from the town hall to the park where a service was conducted by the Rev A. E. Chisman.


Members of Manchester City Football Club visited the Island as they prepared to take on Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

The party of nearly 30, consisting of players, directors, officials and a few ladies, made their headquarters at the Royal Cliff Hotel, Sandown.

After the match, they returned to Sandown and remained until the following Saturday morning, when they left to fulfil their fixture with Arsenal.

50 Years Ago - September 22, 1962

More than 80 children began their first lessons at the new Watergate School, at the northern tip of the Blackwater Valley, Newport.

The new students were pioneers in an important development of the Island’s educational system.

Headmaster Mr L.V. Rigley said: "Watergate is a new kind of school for the Island — a school designed, equipped and staffed to meet the special needs of children with learning difficulties."


A 15-year-old boy was fined for riding a bicycle with inefficient brakes in Cowes. PC Gattrell said the boy had already been warned earlier to have the bicycle repaired.

When he stopped him, the boy replied: "That ain’t the law."


Detectives from Newport and the British Transport Commission Police were investigating a raid at Newport Railway Station in which £160 was stolen from a safe in the booking office.

The theft occurred after the station closed and was discovered shortly before 3.30am after entry had been gained through the station buildings.

The booking office safe was blown open with gelignite.

25 Years Ago - September 25, 1987

A 35ft eight-ton yacht rose skywards over The Solent — airlifted by helicopter from Dorset to the Island.

It was being taken from Kimmridge Lodge to the Harold Hayles boatyard in Yarmouth, to be repaired after breaking loose in high winds from its original moorings at Portland Harbour, some 30 miles from the pick-up point.


The opening of the new Yar Bridge, Yarmouth, at a ceremony performed by Lord Ross marked the culmination of a major £2.45 million IW County Council project.

It was hoped the new swing bridge would make the river crossing safer and end congestion on the approaches to the nearby Sealink car ferry terminal, according to the council.


Apprentices at Plessey Radar, Cowes, who organised the firm’s annual fun run, raised more than £500 for Cancer Research.

The event, which attracted 50 runners, took place between Newport and Cowes, finishing at the community sports and social club grounds in Park Road.

10 Years Ago - September 20, 2002

Plans were afoot to make teenage offenders scrub out graffiti and repair vandalism, as the IW Council struggled against a mounting tide of criminal damage.

A report showed damage to public toilets more than doubled from last year, costing the Island council taxpayers almost £24,000.


Sandown Town Council unanimously voted against a leisure and retail scheme for the canoe lake site next to Dinosaur Isle.

Councillors backed 800 people who signed a petition calling for the development not to take up half of the canoe lake.

Cllr Ron Teasdale said: "I don’t like the look of the building or the fact it gives us one giant car park on the seafront."

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