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June 1962

Isle of Wight Times

Jun 7th 1962: WORRIED PIANIST – Last Saturday will be a day long remembered by pianist Jim NEWBERRY, 21, of Ryde. In the morning, a few minutes after finding his mother lying unconscious on the pavement outside the Town Hall after a fall, he went on stage to gain one of the highest marks (95 per cent) ever awarded at an Isle of Wight Music Festival.

Jun 7th 1962: LONG-SERVICE AWARDS – Two Ryde members of the St. John Ambulance Brigade, Div. Supt. L. P. RIDER, of “The Range,” Spencer-road, and Sgt. P. P. R. MALONE, of 20 Swanmore-road, have become the first members of the National Hospital Service Reserve in the Island to receive Civil Defence long-service medals.

Jun 7th 1962: FOCAL POINT – Ryde Youth Centre at Well-street will become the focal point for every youth organisation in the borough if a new plan meets with success. Mr. R. J. SEXTON, the Ryde leader and County Youth Officer, said there are many youth groups in the area working completely separately, what we want to achieve is close co-operation between them.

Jun 7th 1962: CARNIVAL SELECTION – An English housewife, red haired Mrs. Jacqueline FARLEY, and a West Indian nurse, Miss Kay ROSS, became Ryde Carnival queens-elect on Friday night when the carnival association held a selection dance at the Royal York Hotel. Miss Kay ROSS was appointed reserve queen and will deputise for Mrs. FARLEY when she is unable to be present.

Jun 7th 1962: COMMODORE CINEMA – This cinema re-opened this week after extensive improvements to the foyer, auditorium, heating and furnishings. Spartacus, showing, has Kirk DOUGLAS leading a slaves’ revolt against the tyranny of Rome. Jean SIMMONS, Laurence OLIVIER, Charles LAUGHTON and Peter USTINOV are among the cast.

Jun 14th 1962: HOLIDAY – One notable new feature of the holiday scene was the opening of the new go-kart track at Ryde Airport, where quite a number of people paid 5s. for a six-lap ride round the 500 yard twisting, banked course. The machines hired to the public have been geared down to a 30 m.p.h. limit “to make sure no-one gets airborne on the airport.”

Jun 14th 1962: YOUTH CLUB DANCE – The fencing and photography groups of Ryde Youth Club organised a dance in aid of their funds last Wednesday at the Youth Centre. Music was provided by”The Invaders,” and refreshments were served by the Old Members Association.

Jun 14th 1962: BUSY WHITSUN – Thousands of visitors, hundreds of cars and generally fine weather made it a busy Whitsun for the Island. Happily, the motorists were at their most careful and only one accident was reported. There was a big demand for deck-chairs, and thousands had their first dip in the sea this year. Bookings at holiday camps, hotels and boarding houses were generally good for the time of year.

Jun 28th 1962: RETIREMENT – A smoking outfit was the present given to Mr. A. R. LAMBERT, of “Trentham,” 21 Quarry-road, Ryde, by his colleagues when he retired recently after 50 years railway service. In 1912, Mr. LAMBERT joined as an apprentice fitter and turner at Ryde and when he retired he was chargeman fitter and relief foreman at Ryde, a post he has held since 1959.

Jun 28th 1962: RYDE SPORTS F.C. – The 1961-1962 season will be remembered as one of the most disappointing among recent years from a playing standpoint. Only about 20 members turned up to hear their committee’s report and find out what went wrong last season.