Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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Isle of Wight Times: May 4th 1967:  BELLEVUE PLAYERS – It was in April 1946 that the Bellevue Players staged their first performance (“Poison Pen”) under the producership of their founder—the late Mrs Madelaine COOPER (then Miss PLENINGER), at the Esplanade Pavilion, and they have played there every Easter since in addition to many other


Isle of Wight Times:- Apr 13th 1967:  WALK-OUT – Work at a Ryde firm which makes engine parts for Rolls Royce halted on Monday afternoon when 150 men and women staged an unofficial walk-out after three fettlers were given notice to quit at the end of the week.  Representing 80 per cent of the labour


Isle of Wight Times:- Mar 2nd 1967:  THIRD RAIL GOES LIVE – Proving trials of electric trains began on the Island yesterday when the current was switched on over the 8½ miles of new electrified railway between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin.  Seven-coach trains of former London Transport underground stock which has been adapted and


Isle of Wight Times:- Feb 9th 1967:  YOUTH CLUB DANCES – Ryde Youth Club members enjoyed a “Disco-Nite” on Friday at the club when nearly 200 dancers were present.  The club’s own disc-jockeys” Barry KEMP and Alastair WAKELEY, presented the programme.  John BARNES was in charge of the amplification equipment. Feb 9th 1967:  CAMPAIGN –


Isle of Wight Times:- Jan 5th 1967:  FAREWELL – End of a year and the end of an era.  That was Saturday, when the Island’s oldest locomotive, the 77 year-old “Fishbourne,” was the last steam engine to travel the 8½ miles line between Ryde and Shanklin.  On the footplate with the driver, Mr. R. HARBOUR


Isle of Wight Times:- Dec 1st 1966:  ‘GO A BUNDLE’ – A G.P.O. “Do it yourself” campaign is being mounted in the Ryde area to encourage the public to speed the handling of Christmas mails by bundling their own correspondence before posting, on an experimental basis.  When letters arrive at the Post Office they have


Isle of Wight Times:- Nov 10th 1966:  “COP SHOP” – Yesterday Ryde policemen moved to temporary headquarters.  The old police station in Station Road is being pulled down, after standing for 100 years, to make way for a new building.  Temporary accommodation is at 86 High Street, where the police are expected to stay for


Isle of Wight Times:- Oct 6th 1966:  BAND CHARITY CONCERT – A large audience in the Esplanade Pavilion on Sunday evening listened appreciatively to the final concert this season of Ryde Borough Band.  Parkhurst Prison Officers Male Voice Choir also rendered several items.  Proceeds of the concert, which grossed over £28, are being donated to


Isle of Wight Times:- Sept 1st 1966:  U.S. MARINES – American Marines will land in Ryde next week.  They are the U.S. Marine Corps drill team from the U.S.S. cruiser Newport News which will be in harbour at Portsmouth.  The team will take part with the Band of the Commander Striking Fleet Atlantic in a


Isle of Wight Times:- Aug 4th 1966:  RESCUE – An SRN-6 hovercraft on passenger service off  Ryde joined in a rescue operation on Saturday afternoon.  The alarm was raised when a 12 ft. Dinghy from Portsmouth Sailing Club overturned and was being swept away in a swift current.  While Bembridge inshore lifeboat and a helicopter