Birthday party on Britain's oldest pier

By Martin Neville

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Birthday party on Britain's oldest pier

Enjoying the Party on the Pier are, from left, Jess MacBean, 17, Rebecca MacBean, ten, Michelle MacBean and Josephine Tuff, 17. Picture by LAURA HOLME

THE 200th birthday of Ryde Pier — Britain’s oldest — was celebrated in style with a free party hosted by Wightlink.

As well as providing a fun celebration of one of the Island’s best known landmarks, Sunday’s event raised cash for two Island charities — Ryde Inshore Rescue and Cassie’s Care 4 Pets charity, which helps older people pay the full costs of vets’ bills.

Many of the attractions were arranged to reflect the pier’s historic past, including a royal visit from Queen Victoria, performing magicians, costume workshops, stilt walking and a fire show.

There was also face-painting, Punch and Judy, fairground rides, a hall of mirrors and a pop-up Real Ale tavern,

The event — the fourth Party on the Pier organised by Wightlink — closed with a Last Night of the Proms extravaganza.



Log-in or register to comment on this story. See our House Rules here.

By ticking "Remember me" you agree to a cookie being stored on your computer - no personal data is shared.

Forgotten your password?

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

Most Read

  1. Police vehicle involved in Sandown crash

    Friday, April 24, 2015

  2. Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter back on the Isle of Wight

    Saturday, April 25, 2015

  3. Crash near Tesco store

    Friday, April 24, 2015

  4. Tory agent tried to quit

    Friday, April 24, 2015

  5. Injured kayaker taken to hospital

    Friday, April 24, 2015

View our Elgin Traffic & Travel Map
Travel News Sponsor