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October 1973

Isle of Wight County Press:

Oct 6th 1973:  ORGAN MUSIC – The summer series of organ music recitals at All Saints’, Ryde, notable for playing of very high quality, ended on Saturday week with a fine performance from Marcus HUXLEY, organ scholar at Worcester College.

Oct 6th 1973:  RYDE YOUNGSTERS’ – Membership of the Ryde group of the Animal Defenders – the youth section of the R.S.P.C.A – has reached 140.  At their fortnightly meeting at the Weston Hut, Oakfield, recently, prizes were awarded to Lindsay COX, aged seven, Nicola WILLIAMS, 11, and Sally BRIDLE, 14, for showing initiative in club work.  The group are at present on a project to study wild animals.

Oct 6th 1973:  PRODUCTION – Bellevue Players, who tackled the witty romp, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” last week at Ryde Esplanade Pavilion, succeeded surprising well in getting the play across to appreciative audiences.  A three-scene play was something of an experiment as far as the company were concerned, but with the clever use of drapes for the two indoor sets, which suited the 19th century period very well, they managed with the minimum of effort.

Oct 6th 1973:  COUNCIL GARDENERS TAKE HONOURS – In the face of a most difficult season, exhibitors at the Borough of Ryde Garden Show at the Town Hall, achieved most creditable results, and the exhibition proved as eye-catching as in more favourable years.  The 130 competitors entered 721 exhibits, much the same as last year.  The show was well staged and the highlight was a magnificent floral display on the platform by Mr. H. DYER, head gardener, and the corporation gardening staff.

Oct 13th 1973:  RELIEF ROAD – The Department of the Environment is to be asked to agree to a change in the route of the Ryde Western relief road which is expected to cut the cost by £100,000.  The traffic problem was very serious.  They knew what was happening on Ryde Esplanade right now yet they were being asked to put more traffic on it and confusing things more.

Oct 13th 1973:  COACH PROPOSAL – As the result of a proposal by the committee, coaches – a familiar sight on Ryde Esplanade – may no longer be allowed to park there.  It was proposed to move the coaches into nearby Quay Road.

Oct 13th 1973:  BATTLE OF BRITAIN APPEAL – Ryde and District branch of the R.A.F. Association raised a record £1001 during the Battle of Britain appeal week in September.  The money goes towards the upkeep of convalescent homes for totally disabled and severely handicapped airmen and airwomen who received injury during service.

Oct 20th 1973:  GOLDEN WEDDING – Mr. George PERKIS, aged 73 and his wife Kathleen, aged 70, of Well Street, Ryde, celebrated their golden wedding on Tuesday week.  Mr. PERKIS is a well-known figure in the town and, until last year, sold newspapers outside the Esplanade Station.  The couple have two sons, two daughters, and five grand-children. One married daughter lives in Canada.

Oct 20th 1973:  EXHIBITION – A feature of the County Federation W.I. art group members’ annual exhibition at ROLFE’s Gallery, Ryde, which opened on Saturday, was that the 115 entries, consisting of oil and water colours, sculpture and work in other media, were all put on show – there was no “weeding out.”

Oct 20th 1973:  CADETS’ AWARDS – Fire-fighting, home nursing and first-aid certificates were presented to nursing and ambulance cadets of Ryde Division of St. John Ambulance Brigade at a ceremony at the brigade’s ambulance hall, Newport Street.  Alderman and Mrs. R. V. BOURN, mayor and mayoress, distributed the certificates and presented a cup to the nursing team.

Oct 20th 1973:  DISPLAY – Antiques insured at £10,000 went on show at the Ponda Rosa, Ashey, when television personality Arthur NEGUS paid a visit to the Island to take part in a charity version of “Going for a Song.”