Looking Back, Friday, September 28, 2012

By Jamie White

Published on Friday, September 28, 2012 - 11:08


100 Years Ago - September 28, 1912

A lifeboat crew had a narrow escape after tonnes of mud and rubble cascaded down a cliff.

The incident happened at Atherfield and badly damaged the lifeboat slipway.

The lifeboat was unable to launch for some time, until the cliff fall was removed.


Four Wroxall men who caused a nuisance were charged with obstruction.

PC Cooper said he saw the defendants standing in the High Street obstructing people and asked them to move.

The pair refused and continued to commit the offence, forcing people to walk in the road, but denied they were doing anything wrong.

The men were each fined 2s 6d and 4s costs.


A man was injured after he was thrown out of his horse-drawn carriage.

The man, a carrier from Ryde, felt a sudden pull by the horses and ended up in the road.

Both the front and back wheels of the carriage went over his legs below the knee but fortunately no bones were broken.

He was taken to hospital.

75 Years Ago - October 2, 1937

For the second time in a fortnight, boat services on all three routes to the Island were held up by heavy fog.

An early sea mist sprang up over The Solent and Spithead and visibility was little more than 30 yards.

Fortunately the early boat from Portsmouth to Ryde made the journey and the morning papers, brought by that route, were not delayed.


A collision between motor vehicles occurred at the junction of Station Avenue and St John’s Road, Ryde, when a motorcyclist, from Ryde, collided with a car driver, from Ventnor.

The motorcyclist received a nasty cut over his right eye and had to receive attention at a surgery.


There was a packed house at the Summer Theatre for the farewell performance of the Sunshine Concert Party.

Numerous presents were handed over to the artistes. Two beautiful bouquets were presented amid prolonged applause and a big ovation was given to the compere.

The evening closed with the singing of Auld Lang Syne.

50 Years Ago - September 29, 1962

Two 18 years olds landed themselves in hot water after a motor boat prank went badly wrong.

The pair went out drinking and after leaving a public house they decided to take the vessel — which promptly sank.

One of the defendants said: "We did not do it for any reason but just for kicks."

They were both placed on probation for 12 months and ordered to pay £19 3s restitution and £1 3s 10d costs between them.


Ryde Fire Brigade was called out to two serious tree fires in the space of a few hours.

First, a tree on an allotment in St Vincent’s Road, Binstead, was ablaze, followed by another fire in a garden in High Park Road.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fires just in time before they spread to neighbouring fences.


A church at Arreton was in need of substantial repair work, which was going to cost thousands of pounds.

St George’s Church was deemed to be in a poor state, with the north slopes of the roof requiring the most attention, as well as stripping and re-tiling, while stonework was also in need of repair in many places, estimated at £5,000.

A further £600 was required for the treatment of woodwork and timbers.

25 Years Ago - October 2, 1987

More than 80 sailboards made for a colourful display at the first IW Windsurfing Festival, at Shanklin.

Organisers said the event, sponsored by Wight Water Adventure Sports and the County Press, proved very popular.

Eleven teams entered a fun event at the festival, which involved racing around a triangular course, and seven of the teams turned up in fancy dres.


The principal item on a suggested 'shopping list’ to boost the Island’s disappointing holiday trade was an image campaign costing £50,000.

The campaign formed part of a £100,000 bid for extra money needed from the local authorities on top of what had already been promised.

It was hoped the scheme would attract more visitors to the Island and boost the economy.


More frequent commuter-time sailings were set to be introduced by Sealink in an experimental shake-up of its Portsmouth to Ryde catamaran service.

The five-day trial timetable was being introduced, following a month-long survey, in which hundreds of passengers answered a question on commuter services. Sealink was to run the crossing in conjunction with British Rail to coincide with its services.

10 Years Ago - September 27, 2002

Drug treatments costing six-figure sums to tackle a rare disease should not be paid for by the NHS, the Primary Care Trust (PCT) decided.

The drugs, which cost up to £130,000 per patient, per year, were only exclusively available through two drugs companies which developed them.

The firms gave them free to patients who took part in trials.


A large contingent of Islanders joined Britain’s biggest ever demonstration against government plans to ban fox hunting and in support of country life and jobs.

More than 800 people from the Island joined the Countryside Alliance’s Liberty and Livelihood march to object to legislation to ban hunting with hounds and raise a whole host of other countryside issues.

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