Party time on the pier

By Richard Wright

Monday, April 8, 2013

 

Party time on the pier

Wightlink Party on the Pier in Ryde. Colin Watkins with his 1959 Cadillac Coupe.

RYDE Pier may be old, but not too ancient to party.

Wightlink organised its latest Party on the Pier to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the laying of the pier’s foundation stone.

And the company hit a weather "window" of the sunniest and calmest Saturday of the year so far.

Hundreds attended the event which delved back into musical history.

Medina Marching Band and the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra performed and students from the Island’s Platform One music college played diverse music from the last 50 years.

The New Carnival Company celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first record Please Please Me by making-up people in Beatles style.

There were stalls selling Island produce, a display of the history of Ryde Pier by Ryde Social Heritage Group and classic cars from old-style Minis to Cadillacs, promoting the Island Classic Car Show, which takes place in September.

"We had very positive feedback from those taking part. Members of the Wightlink Islanders did a raffle for our two charities, the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and St Catherine’s School for young people with communications difficulties at Ventnor, and traders donated to the charities too," said Wightlink marketing manager Kerry Jackson.

For more pictures please see this week's Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, April 12.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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