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Birthday party on Britain's oldest pier

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 9:09

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.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

 


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