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April 1908

Isle of Wight Times

Apr 9th 1908: RYDE MAN IN TIGER DISASTER – It is with regret we report that a well-known Ryde young man went down in the “Tiger”. He was Albert E. HAYLES, 2nd class petty officer, and he had just entered on his second term by completing 10 years service. He leaves a wife, who resides in St. Mary’s-passage. He had only been married about 2 years, but there are no children.

Apr 9th 1908: SUMMER OPENING OF PAVILION – With the advent of Easter the new lessees of the Pier Pavilion, as represented by Mr. F. T. STUDD, will commence their tenancy by a visit on Thursday, Friday and Saturday April 16th, 17th and 18th, from the “Serenaders.”

Apr 9th 1908: POPULAR PREACHER – The Rev. H. H. TURNER, of Leytonstone, will be the preacher at George-street Baptist Church on Sunday. This is his second visit to Ryde, by special invitation.

Apr 16th 1908: LOCAL VETERAN – In the fourth list of 50 Old Soldiers, who have been provided for by the Committee of Veterans Relief Fund, is the name of J. TUCKER aged 73, Late R.A., of 37 Preston-place, Ryde, who has the Crimea, Turkish, China, long service and good conduct medals.

Apr 23rd 1908: ACCIDENT – Mr. MITCHELL, well-known Marine Artist of Ryde, met with an accident on Thursday night. It appears he was stepping onto the kerb at the bottom of Union-street when he was knocked down by a bus. On being conveyed home it was found that one of his legs had been fractured.

Apr 23rd 1908: RYDE BOROUGH BENCH – Edwin PREESE, porter, 40, Surrey-street, was summonsed for furiously riding a bicycle on the 10th inst. Fined 1s. and 10/6d costs.

Apr 30th 1908: RYDE TOWN COUNCIL – On Friday evening a special meeting of the Ryde Town Council was held, the Mayor (Ald. MEARS) presiding. The Water Committee again recommended the purchase of 150 tons of coke from the Gas Company. The adoption of the recommendation was moved by Mr. WEEKS and seconded by Mr. DORE.

Apr 30th 1908: NAVAL DISASTER – In a blizzard off the Island on Saturday afternoon the American Line Steamship “St. Paul” collided with the British Cruiser “Gladiator”. The bow of the “St Paul” entered the cruiser’s side to a depth of several feet. Not fewer than 34 of the crew have perished.

Isle of Wight Observer

Apr 4th 1908: CRIBBAGE MATCH – On Wednesday evening the Working Men’s Conservative Club received a visit from the Sandown Conservative Club, to play the return 10 handed cribbage match. Result was a win for the Ryde club by 38 games to 19.

Apr 4th 1908: OLYMPIC GAMES REGATTA – As time goes on, says the ‘Yachtsman’, the subject of the Olympic Games Regatta at Ryde, must become more worthy of attention than it appears to be at present. On the continent there is great interest in this particular event, but there seems to be a considerable lack of energy on the part of the organisers.

Apr 11th 1908: HAZELWOOD – At the opening of the new wing at Hazelwood today just over £125 was subscribed towards the £185 needed to cover the balance of the cost of the work.

Apr 11th 1908: ACCIDENT – The report that Mr. J. I. BARTON had sustained a serious accident fortunately proved to be exaggerated, as, though the councillors trap was demolished he was not in it at the time.