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Looking back at the Isle of Wight November 24, 2017

Megan Baynes

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Monday, November 27, 2017 - 13:30

100 years ago

November 24, 2017

The Island coal crisis reached a happy settlement after protests about the high price of coal on the IW.

The shipping controller announced it was impossible to reduce freights but he had come to the conclusion a rail-borne supply of coal would be possible and this would reduce the burden on freights between the Island.

The controller agreed to deliver 1,200 tons per week of rail-borne coal to the IW, so the price of coal on the Island would then reduce by ten shillings per ton.

75 years ago

November 28, 1942

News reached the Island of several IW residents who had been taken prisoner in Italy.

Sgt Maj R. Lawn was taken prisoner with a group of other Island men and wrote to his wife to say he was well on the way to recovery.

He said it was a comfort to receive Red Cross parcels following their capture.

50 years ago

December 2, 1967

It might be cold and miserable now, but 50 years ago marked the sunniest November since records began.

November 1967 had a record-breaking 100.3 hours of sunlight with temperatures of up to 13 degrees.

25 years ago

November 27, 1992

An 11-storey block of flats were given the go ahead to be built on Sandown seafront, despite anger from residents.

Permission was given for the spectacular £2.5 million development on the Blue Lagoon site.

Despite anger this would threaten the sea views in Sandown, the development was approved.

10 years ago

November 23, 2007

'Chale homes for Chale people' was made a reality by the parish council, which brokered a ground-breaking scheme to ensure its villagers would get priority for social housing.

This was aimed at ensuring a balance in the community and to ensure people were not forced out of their homes by a lack of affordable accommodation.

 


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