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June 1967

Isle of Wight Times:-

June 1st 1967:  DIDN’T HARK THE BARK – A spirited display by Brandy, the poodle guard-dog at the Commercial Inn, Oakfield High Street, went unheeded on Friday.  In the small hours, Brandy became restless and woke his mistress.  Brandy kept growling, but was told not to make a fuss.  The licensee then found that someone had broken into the public bar and stolen £2.15s. from the till, 25s. from a container, and all the money saved by the 49 darts team players and supporters for an outing.

June 1st 1967:  FARMER – Binstead farmer Mr. Edward CLEAVER, of Newnham Farm, was doubly honoured on Thursday when he became both the new Mayor of Ryde, and also an alderman.  Cllr. CLEAVER said that the appointment made him the first farmer to become Ryde’s Mayor.

June 1st 1967:  BANK HOLIDAY – Despite the bad weather which clouded out the sun at times over the holiday weekend, thousands of holiday makers travelled over from the mainland. Hovertravel Ltd., who operate between Ryde, Gosport and Southsea, carried 6,800 passengers and British Rail Seaspeed said they found the holiday “extremely encouraging” after carrying 2,000 passengers on their routes.

June 1st 1967:  BUCCANEERS PARTY – Formed in 1935, Ryde Buccaneers celebrated their 32nd birthday with a party at the Vectis Hall on Saturday.  About 100 elderly people between the ages of 60 and 93 sat down to a ham salad tea prepared by the wives and girlfriends of the “Buccs”, before watching a concert.

June 8th 1967:  FLASHY AND A HEAVY SMOKER – The “Havenstreet Queen,” daubed in black, red and maroon, and with brasses gleaming brilliantly, the “First Lady” of Island carnivals. Mr. Fred WINTER has been spending 300 hours on her and it is hoped to show her at the Industries Fair, Ryde Airport, later this month, if her reincarnation is complete, and she will definitely be present at the Agricultural Show.

June 8th 1967:  LETTER TO THE EDITOR – In reply to “Bus Minded” I do remember NEWELLS of Seaview, and the Pioneer.  Swanmore and Haylands ran buses from outside the Theatre Royal and the stand was in Lind Street opposite the Turks Head.  Sincerely R.R.R.

June 8th 1967:  BREAKS-IN – Raiders broke into three Ryde premises on Saturday night, all within 100 yards of each other. From the Western Esplanade Café they took 7,000 cigarettes and 40 packets of chewing gum.  G. E. BOYNTON’s betting shop in the Royal Victoria Arcade, a window was forced but only £1 in coppers was stolen.  The Portsmouth Evening News office, drawers were rifled and £4.10s. was taken.

June 22nd 1967:  BROWNIE REVELS – 70 brownies of the Ryde District took part in their annual revels at “Robin Hill,” Seaview, on Saturday, the home of Mrs. E. W. YELLAND, county commissioner for guides.

June 22nd 1967:  FLOWER CLUB – A high standard won praise from the judge, when the Island Flower Club staged a competitive exhibition of members’ arrangements at the Town Hall on Tuesday afternoon.

June 29th 1967:  FURIOUS LADIES – Forty furious ladies of the Island’s Keep Fit Association stormed the organisers’ caravan at the Third Industries Fair on Thursday. Weeks of rehearsal had all been wasted, they claimed, because not a single preparation had been made for their display. After they had been rudely called by officials “A load of screaming washerwomen,” they stalked off without giving a display.

June 29th 1967:  CARVED FIGUREHEAD – Visitors to the Island Industries Fair can see at work a craftsman who has revived the ancient art of figurehead carving.  He is Mr. Jack WHITEHEAD, a skilled wood-carver whose work can be seen afloat in many parts of the world. One of his notable achievements is the griffon figurehead on the prow of the Sail Training Association’s topsail schooner, “Sir Winston Churchill.”