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Looking back at the Isle of Wight November 17, 2017

Megan Baynes

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Friday, November 24, 2017 - 13:59

100 years ago

November 17, 1917

A serious shortage of paper began to affect the printing of the County Press.

A government admonishment required no more papers were printed than required and customers were encouraged to place orders via subscription.

A yearly subscription cost 8s 8d - which works out at just over £18 in today's money (although the paper contained about a quarter of the pages it does today).

75 years ago

November 21, 1942

An Island officer, who was captured during the retreat to Dunkirk, wrote to his father-in-law from an officers' prison camp.

He said: "As you are no doubt aware, we are not allowed to receive letters. In addition to this, we have had all our things taken away; all toilet gear, razors etc. I have grown a lovely beard."

He said they found it difficult not receiving letters from family but showed true wartime spirit and wrote: "They will never get us down."

50 years ago

November 25 1967

Godshill residents voted against a £7,000 scheme (£90,025 in today's money) that would bring public lighting to the village.

The decision was made with a two-to-one majority against because of worries of the high cost for parish rate payers.

Residents encouraged the parish council to 'proceed with caution' when considering any lighting scheme for the village.

25 years ago

November 20, 1992

The debate over a feasibility study into a fixed link first began 25 years ago.

Proposals for a channel-tunnel type link with the mainland were first examined by the IW Development Board in 1992.

Martin Lloyd, chairman and managing director, said the proposals had been with the board a short while and they had been tasked with assessing the feasibility.


10 years ago

November 16, 2007

Southern Vectis were left red faced after their chlamydia campaign had to be pulled, following public criticism.

The IW NHS Primary Care Trust issued bus tickets to passengers with details of screenings on the back.

However, they withdraw the tickets after receiving numerous complaints from passengers - a decision which in turn horrified public health officials.

 


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