Sandown Pier. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
VISITORS to an Isle of Wight town will be able to take a walk back in time after the town was awarded thousands of pounds.
A heritage trail will be developed around Sandown by Sandown Community Partnership thanks a £6,800 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The idea for the trail came after a local police officer despaired at constant closures in the town and comes in the wake of a petition by Sandown residents imploring Isle of Wight Council planners to kick-start regeneration in the town.
The police Safer Neighbourhoods team wanted to put something back and came up with the idea of an educational and entertaining stroll through Sandown's history.
The community partnership will work with residents, business owners, police and students to develop the trail.
Partnership project coordinator Andrew Vaughan said: "This award is fantastic news for Sandown and it is wonderful that so many people, especially youngsters, are going to be helping with the project.
"Sandown is a beautiful place and has such happy memories for so many people who took holidays here as children but has sadly suffered like many resorts in recent times.
"I'm certain that the boost this award will give the town can put some of the old sparkle back. I can't wait to get started."