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August 1912

Isle of Wight Observer

Aug 3rd 1912: ROYALTY SHOPPING – On Wednesday afternoon the Queen of Spain with her Royal Mother and Princess Christian, and attended by members of their suites, were in Ryde shopping. The party came from Osborne in two large motor cars, the presence of which in front of Messrs. FOWLER and Co’s drapery emporium quickly led up to the identity of the distinguished visitors who on leaving were respectfully greeted by a numerous assembly of people.

Aug 3rd 1912: RYDE ROYAL REGATTA – At the Royal Esplanade Regatta on Monday next, the band of the Royal Marine Artillery under Lieut. B.S. GREEN, M.V.O. will play in the Eastern Gardens. Mr. Grahame WHITE, the well known aviator, is expected to make a flight in the direction of the Gardens in the afternoon.

Aug 3rd 1912: BEAUTY COMPETITION – Among the forthcoming events will be beauty competitions for ladies and gentlemen at the Pier Pavilion, full particulars of which will no doubt be eagerly awaited by many prospective candidates.

Aug 3rd 1912: TOMATO CROP – The current issue of “The Gardener” contains a photograph of a splendid crop from a new tomato raised and grown by Mr. J. A. BARKHAM, gardener to Mrs. HANDLEY, Spring Vale.

Aug 10th 1912: ASHEY – King Alfonso’s short stay in the Island prevented him paying his customary visit to the Isle of Wight Gun Club. Also, there was a large attendance at the Ashey enclosure on Saturday on the off chance that His Majesty might turn up.

Aug 10th 1912: PIER STREET – The King of Spain was the cause of the temporary blocking up of Pier-street on Bank Holiday on the occasion of his visit to a well-known tradesman in that narrow thoroughfare.

Aug 10th 1912: JUSTICE – The Borough Magistrates extended far too much mercy and not sufficient justice to the four young fellows who last week did a round of pilfering among local tradesmen for a “lark.”

Aug 10th 1912: NATIONAL RESERVE – With the object of assisting the National Reserve movement, an appeal is made to employees of labour, when taking on men, to give as far as possible, preferences to those who have the National Reserve badge.

Aug 10th 1912: PIER PAVILION – Hailing from Melbourne, Miss Bertha BIRD who is due to appear at the Pier Pavilion on Thursday and two following nights, and a special performance on Sunday, is enthusiastically described as “The Australian Lark,” the haunting flute-like effects of her extraordinary high notes resembling, it is said, the clear notes of a bird.

Aug 17th 1912: LIFEBOAT – Some excitement was caused in Ryde on Monday night by the signal for the launch of the lifeboat. After racing at Ryde during the day the “Petrel” in returning to Bembridge, had gone aground on the Bank just westward of the harbour. The coastguard informed the Ryde Lifeboat Committee who ordered it to be launched, it went off under the deputy coxswain Mr. Albert REEVES.

Aug 24th 1912: WINTER GARDENS – The weather experienced this summer again emphasises the need for some properly constructed winter gardens in Ryde.

Aug 24th 1912: VISITORS – Seaview is even fuller than in some previous and better summers, a feature of the present summer season being the large number of motor cars in the village.