Looking back at 2013

By a County Press reporter

Sunday, January 5, 2014

 

Looking back at 2013

Snow, celebrities, dinosaurs and flooding, all featured in 2013 on the Isle of Wight.

FROM superstars on stage to Arctic adventure, 2013 was a year to remember for the Isle of Wight.

We look back through the past 12 months in pictures.

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Unemployed Ryde graduate Adam Pacitti hoped to kickstart his career in media by investing his last £500 in an advertising campaign. The London billboard accompanied his website employadam.com. After receiving hundreds of jobs offers Adam landed a role with a top media firm. Picture by Edward Sanchez.

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Frosty,a white lioness, arrived at Isle of Wight Zoo to be united with her half-brother Casper. Frosty came to the zoo after being rejected by her pride at West Midlands Safari Park. Picture by Robin Crossley.

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Heavy snow and strong winds hit parts of the Island in the second week of March, causing large snowdrifts in places. Schools were shut and travel was affected by the wintery conditions. Picture by Robin Crossley.

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Arctic racer Dave Berridge, from Thorley, conquered his greatest challenge yet when he crossed the finishing line to win the 35-mile 6633 Ultra Marathon in the Canadian Arctic. Dave became only the seventh person to finish the gruelling ultra marathon.

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Thousands of walkers put their best foot forward to raise money for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice in the annual Walk the Wight event. Early walkers saw blue skies and sunshine, but the weather deteriorated and walkers battled thick fog, torrential rain and strong winds as they climbed Tennyson Down. Pictures by Robin Crossley.

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Tens of thousands of revellers came to the 2013 Isle of Wight Festival. Bon Jovi headlined on Sunday night, alongside Friday night headliners The Stone Roses and Saturday headliners The Killers.

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16-year-old sailor Natasha Lambert successfully sailed across the English Channel. Natasha, who was born with cerebral palsy, steered her boat, Miss Isle, using a sip and puff device and used a switch to operate the sails. Picture by the Royal Yachting Association.

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Students across the Island celebrated receiving their A-level and GCSE results. Pictures by Robin Crossley.

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Sir Elton John declared the crowd at Bestival the best he had ever heard at this year's event. Sir Elton joined headliners Fat Boy Slim and Snoop Dogg to celebrate the festival's tenth year.

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Big beasts from the political jungle came face to face with Isle of Wight dinosaurs at Westminster. The creatures were in London for the first Wight in Westminster Day, a Visit Isle of Wight event showcasing the best the Island has to offer. Picture by Visit Isle of Wight.

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A devastating fire ripped through the multi-million pound yacht, Kahu, moored at East Cowes Marina. Thirty firefighters tackled the blaze which burned for around nine hours. Pictures by Robin Crossley and Sara Bryce.

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Homes and businesses were flooded, trees brought down and transport links ground to a halt across the Isle of Wight causing Christmas chaos, as torrential rain and gale force winds hit the Island.

•See more highlights from 2013 in the current edition of the Isle of Wight County Press, Friday, January 3.

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