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February 1921

Isle of Wight Observer:

Feb 5th 1921: KICKED BY A HORSE – Walter BROWN, carter, of Barnsley Farm, was admitted to the County Hospital, this week, suffering from lacerated jaw, due to a kick from a horse, received at St. John’s-road Station, Ryde.  He is progressing favourably, but it was stated he had a narrow escape from fatal injury.

Feb 5th 1921:  BOXING TOURNAMENT – At the Town Hall on Friday evening there will be the opportunity of again seeing some good boxing contests, which should attract the sporting enthusiasts.  E. O. WHITE Esq. will be the referee, while Major C. L. ELLERY will act as M.C. as before.  The event of the evening is between Jack BURNEY, who has won over 30 contests, and C. DAVIE the winner of the Navy and Marine Welter weights.  The smart local boxer J. BUTCHER will also have a bout with Rfn. FLEMING I.W. Rifles.

Feb 5th 1921:  SKATING CARNIVAL – Another enjoyable evening was spent at the Pier Pavilion on Thursday, on the occasion of a Skating Carnival, to which close on 70 attended as well as a good number of spectators.  Prizes were for the best dresses. A confetti battle brought the evening to a close.

Feb 5th 1921:  WELL SAID – At a Sunday School prize giving and entertainment this week it was remarked that the girls had done most of the singing and the principal item contributed by the boys was noise.

Feb 5th 1921:  MEMORIAL – The unveiling of the outside War Memorial at All Saints’ is postponed until next month, when General SEELY will perform the ceremony.

Feb 5th 1921:  A RELIEF – The question is asked who was the naval commander, who while his ship was lying in the Solent received a semaphore message from the Battery and pulled ashore post haste.  It was owing to a misread signal that he was relieved to find his wife had only sent the message that she “had a chill,” instead of an increase in the family.

Feb 12th 1921:  FASHION – The fluttering of fans has not yet been revived at the local dance assemblies, but it will be quite the thing in a few months as the fashion is set by Paris.

Feb 12th 1921:  FIRE BRIGADE – It has been reported by the committee that Fireman A. LANGDON has reached the age prescribed by the Councils rules when members of the Fire Brigade shall resign but as he is physically fit for all the duties and is quite willing to continue service in the Brigade, they recommended that he should be retained for a period of six months.

Feb 12th 1921:  RECORD LAY – A hen belonging to Mr. J. TAYLOR, Green Street, on Tuesday laid two eggs weighing 5 ozs. within the space of 20 minutes, which is something of a record.

Feb 12th 1921:  EASTER BAND – The offer of the 1st Royal Ulster Rifles to supply a band of 21 and give performances on Easter Sunday and Monday for an inclusive charge of £53. 13s. 3d. was accepted.

Feb 19th 1921:  INCREASE – Judging by the number of “prams” and baby carriages in Ryde, High-street, in the afternoons, the next Census returns ought to show an interesting increase in the birth rate for this year.

Feb 19th 1921:  DEMOLITION – The work of pulling down the old Victoria Pier is progressing, although slowly.  Indeed, one day this week a whole pile was uprooted and would have been finished had it not been “knocking off” time.

Feb 26th 1921:  HEADGEAR – It has been observed in the posters of “The Call of the Road,” to be screened at the Theatre next week, that the headgear of the old yokels was of similar shape to the Sandringham hat which is to be seen daily in Ryde.  One thing, it suits the local medico splendidly and its decoration on March 17th will add further to its lustre.