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Memories of life in the 50's by Marion Laurence."The IOW was the place we went to for our first holiday in the 50’s! We used to go to Freshwater, stayed in a B and B in The Avenue – even remember the name of the house “Lucerne” run by a Mr and Mrs Cook," - extracted from the full account.
Memories of life in the 40's by Patrick Pyke. "In 1949 I was courting a young 19 year old who's parents were not very pleased about our relationship and took her away for a holiday in 'The Cottage', Niton and forbade me to follow. " - extracted from the full account.
Memories of life in the 50's by Graham Hedges. "I vividly recall the occasion in 1965 when the Queen and Prince Philip visited Yarmouth. I remember seeing them come ashore in a launch from the Royal Yacht Britannica - and was later amused at the minor controversy when Prince Philip described the Ryde councillors' robes as " dressing gowns ". - extracted from the full account.
Memories of RAF life at Ventnor by Don Adams. "I remained at RAF Ventnor for six idyllic months until Christmas when I was posted away to an icy Yorkshire. During my stay I came to love the Island and also met my future wife". - extracted from the full account.
Rob Jennings's sad tale about the drowning of a young girl in Bembridge in 1907 and his hunt for the whole story of what happened. " What a tragic event. Here was a young girl who only the day before was probably excitedly opening her Christmas presents and then, just a few hours later, lay dead in the waters of Bembridge ". - extracted from the full account.
Suzanne May's memories of a trip around The Island. "When we got back up to the top we found a place that sold fancy bottles and shapes that you can fill with the wonderful coloured sand. We just had to have one. We each bought one. Mine is the shape of the Island. I keep it on my desk to remind me of a fantastic day ". - extracted from the full account.
Jonathan Walker's memories of The Island in the 1960's." I was sent to St. Catherine?s Home in 1961, aged 8 years of age. It was a boarding school and was also known as St. Catherine?s Open Air School. It certainly lived up to its name as an ?Open Air School? as fresh air seemed to be a key ingredient in the treatment of asthma ". - extracted from the full account.
Kenn Pearson's memories of life on The Island as a boy in the late 1940's to 50's. "I still recall the evening walks to Binstead shore, the bonfires lit on chilly nights, the scent of seaweed and the prominence of winkles on the rocks just along the coast at Players. Then there was the walk up the hill near the golf course towards a well-earned rest on the bench by the huge tree at the top near the church". - extracted from the full account.
Mr Lin Thompson's memories from 1977 "It was 1977 during the Queen's Silver Jubilee and I had come to the Island to work. I am from South Dakota, USA and had never experienced such a wonderful celebration in all of my life". - extracted from the full account.
Family connections and Steephill Cove by Samantha Drab. "My father was barman for a while at the Buddle Inn, and my grandmother did the cooking there; the food is still good, but these days you could die of starvation while waiting for it! One of my greatest delights when a child was to drink from the waterfall at the back, which tumbled out of the wall at thousands of gallons an hour". - extracted from the full account.
Captain Henry Taylor's memories of life when Queen Victoria was on The Island by Nancy Miller "During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, I used to sit on the table of the taproom and read the account of the battles fought. In those days there were quite a lot of the old time pilots and fishermen who could not read or write, and they would sit around the table smoking their long 'Church Warden' clay pipes, sipping their beer and I would sit on top of the table reading the paper to them". - extracted from the full account.
Andy Whittle remembers trips to Newport with his grandfather in the 1960's "I am just off out for a stroll, Ethel. That was my grandfather. That was his hobby and from my time as a baby whenever we were on the Island [there is only one] I was part of it. If my mother wanted a break from childminding, I was loaded into the pram and away we would go". - extracted from the full account.
Childhood memories by Nicky Cantello. "My parents used to take me to the IOW every year from when I was about 3 to 10 years old. I clearly remember sitting in a sack bag and coming down the slide on Shanklin pier" - extracted from the full account.
Childhood memories by Hugh Barker. "I was brought up by my paternal grandmother in Sandown between 1923 and 1940 whilst my father was serving in Burma". - extracted from the full account.
Paul Barton's memories during the summer of 1954. "I had just passed my 11+ exam and as a reward we were off to a holiday far removed from Skegness, Mablethorpe or Scarborough" - extracted from the full account.
Susann's Isle of Wight memories who is now living in New Zealand. "Fishing for tiddlers in the Mill Stream. The wonderful carnivals and the silver and brass bands and The Castle Cafe as a teenager and those Teddyboys!" - extracted from the full account.
Honeymoon memories of Seaview in 1960 by Jean willis. "The weather was wonderful, the beach quiet and the sea warm. A trip to Godshill, where in the visitors book I was astounded to see the name of the lady who had made my wedding dress. Obviously she had gone there on holiday". - extracted from the full account.
Dennis Moor's memories "My first visit was with my parents when I was very young in the early 1950`s. On the ferry from Portsmouth and train to Sandown where we stayed in a little caravan at Fort Caravan Site. The end window of the caravan had been broken and we were greeted by a cow from the adjoining field poking her head through that window" - extracted from the full account.
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