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June 1969

Isle of Wight County Press:

Jun 7th 1969:  SEA RESCUE SCHEME – With the sounding of the maroon alarm, Ryde Sea Rescue organisation went into action on Thursday when a motor-vessel from Portsmouth Royal Navy Shore Establishment broke down in Spithead in the vicinity of the Sturrbridge Buoy.  The craft with a naval officer and a crew of three was drifting helplessly in a westerly flowing tide and was in eventual danger of being swept into the sea wall to the west of Ryde Pier.

Jun 7th 1969:  DEVELOPMENT – The County Roads Department will make a start towards the end of September on the proposed roundabout at the foot of Union Street Ryde.  The project, is scheduled for completion before Easter 1970.  Properties in St. Thomas’s Street will be demolished and a new length of sea wall adjoining the Prince Consort will be constructed.

Jun 7th 1969:  BRIDGE – Work on the St. John’s Road Bridge, at Ryde, is nearing completion.  Closed to traffic since March 10th, it is due to be open again shortly.  The structure of the bridge, which spans the Ryde-Shanklin railway line, has been completely renewed.

Jun 7th 1969:  FIRE CALL – Two local appliances and two from Newport were sent to answer a fire call from the Royal I.W. County Hospital on Monday evening.  The call was due to a minor outbreak in a fish fryer in the kitchens, which was quickly extinguished.

Jun 7th 1969:  WOMEN’S GAS FEDERATION – Mr. L. H. SLADE, of Arreton Manor, gave a talk on antique furniture at the monthly meeting at the Southern Gas Board demonstration room, High Street, on Monday.

Jun 14th 1969:  SHELTER PLEA – As the result of a request for a bus shelter to be provided in Appley Road, outside the entrance to Bishop Lovett School, the Town Council are to ask the two bus companies operating on that route and the County Education authority if they would be prepared to contribute towards the cost.

Jun 14th 1969:  SMASH AND GRAB – A plate glass window at the premises of Messrs. G. Nicholson, chemists, 4 The Esplanade, was smashed during Sunday night and five cameras, together valued at over £181, were stolen from the window display.

Jun 14th 1969:  FOOTBRIDGE – Negotiations are in progress with British Rail and Hovertravel, Ltd., over the question of the provision of a footbridge to give access to Quay Road from the Esplanade, a facility the council have desired for many years.  The bridge would be provided by Hovertravel, and the council would be required to maintain it for public use.

Jun 14th 1969:  END OF THE STAMP – Halfpenny stamps, first issued by the Post Office in 1870, will be withdrawn from sale after the close of business on June 30th.  Any already sold will be honoured as valid postage, and collectors will still be able to buy halfpenny stamps from the Philatelic bureau.

Jun 14th 1969:  TOWN HALL VISIT – Alderman W CAPLE (Mayor of Ryde) showed pupils of Ryde St. John’s Road Junior School over the Town Hall on Friday week.  The children saw the Corporation plate and regalia, and from the Town Hall roof enjoyed a panoramic view of Spithead.

Jun 21st 1969:  FATE OF RYDE CHURCH – Public reaction to the proposed demolition of St. Thomas’s Church in the centre of Ryde is to be waited by the Town Council, after an application for the demolition of the church had been made by the County Council.  Although the committee had agreed to the erection of a Rectory and garage on the site, they were unanimously concerned at the proposed demolition.