Looking back at 2012

By a County Press reporter

Published on Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - 10:09


Looking back at 2012

FOR some people 2012 will be a memorable year never forgotten — for others it will be a year to forget.

We look back through the last 12 months with pictures by Isle of Wight County Press photographers Jennifer Burton, Laura Holme, Peter Boam, Robin Crossley and Ashley Vaughan.

January 2012

Channel 4 TV programme Come Dine With Me returned to the Island with singer Derek Sandy, Rapanui's Rob Drake-Knight, Tina Raymond, rear commodore of the Royal Solent Yacht Club, Yarmouth and Claire Cheek from the Riverside Centre.

February 2012

Thousands of pounds was raised for the Isle of Wight's three independent lifeboat stations during Go Orange Day.

March 2012

The historic Ryde Castle Hotel was destroyed by a fire which started when a firework display was set off from the roof during wedding celebrations.

March 2012

Student Matt Wilks was struck twice by lightning and lived to tell the tale, thanks to a £3 novelty hat bought for a fancy dress pub crawl.

April 2012

Blues skies and sunshine greeted thousands of people taking part in the annual Walk the Wight in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

June 2012

Bad weather turned parts of the Isle of Wight Festival site into a mud bath, causing traffic chaos on the Island. Festival goers made the most of the muddy conditions and enjoyed headliners Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

July 2012

Islanders flocked to sunny Cowes to welcome the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh as they arrived on the Island as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee tour.

August 2012

Student across the Island celebrated receiving their A-level, AS and GCSE results.

September 2012

Glorious sunshine shone on Bestival 2012, this year with a wildlife fancy dress theme. Thousands of people enjoyed music from headliners Florence + The Machine, New Order and Stevie Wonder.

October 2012

Portugese men o' war, Jellyfish-like creatures, that could deliver a powerful sting, washed up at Atherfield Bay.

November 2012

Colonel Bogeys, the Island's longest running nighclub, closed it doors for the last time on November 4, after 40 years.

December 2012

Heavy rain hit the Island this month causing flooding, landslides and sea defence damage.


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