Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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Isle of Wight Times: Aug 7th 1969:  ROUND THE ISLAND SWIM – Kevin MURPHY, a 20-year-old journalist of Wembley, will attempt the 60-mile swim on an anti-clockwise route around the Island coastline.  He sets out at 6.45 a.m. on Friday.  The company Bovril, who had a support programme organised within hours, is supplying a launch

APOLOGY – Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are not able at this time, to bring you the snippets for the month of July 1969. Instead, below are some from 1928, which is one of the years “in between” the usual looking back 50, 100, and 150. Isle of Wight Times 15 March 1928: 

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

Isle of Wight County Press: May 3rd 1969:  GYMKHANA – There were nearly 500 entries for the first event of the season at Ashey Road, Ryde, on Saturday. The windy conditions and swaying “wings” may have distracted the efforts of many newcomers, for it was the experienced Muddoon, with Miss BUTLER, of Bembridge, and Miss

Isle of Wight County Press: Apr 5th 1969:  TRAFFIC DANGERS – If one is to judge by the frequency with which cars proceed in a westerly direction for the full length of both Lind Street and Garfield Road to turn left into West Street against the one-way traffic flow —it would suggest that the relevant

Isle of Wight Times: Mar 6th 1969:  RACES – Motor-cycle races on the beach at Ryde.  That is the suggestion of the I.W. Motor-cycle Club, the town’s Parks and Entertainments Committee was told on Thursday, when they agreed to meet club representatives to consider the idea in detail.  Ald. CAPLE said he did not think

Isle of Wight Times Feb 6th 1969:  MOTOR COACH OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION – At the annual dinner held at the Ponda Rosa, Ashey, Mr. SHOTTER, voiced concern about the sweeping alterations planned for Ryde Esplanade, in connection with a new western relief road. “We hope the interests of the coach operators will not be lost sight

Isle of Wight Times: Jan 9th 1969:  BINGO AND BANDITS – Scheduled as a place of historical interest, Ryde’s Royal Victoria Arcade may be developed as an amusement centre, with bingo and gaming machines. Members of Ryde’s Public Works Committee on Monday night voted 6-1 in favour of trying to have the Union Street arcade

Isle of Wight Times: Dec 5th 1968:  GAS FEDERATION – At the monthly meeting of the Women’s Gas Federation, held on Monday at the Southern Gas demonstration room, High Street, a Christmas party with games was enjoyed, with committee members serving the refreshments.  Thirteen competition prizes were awarded and the charity box was opened and

Isle of Wight Times: Nov 7th 1968:  CARNIVAL TREAT – The 350 children who took part in Ryde “Children’s Day” carnival procession this year, were entertained on Thursday at The Plaza Cinema, with a film show arranged by the Carnival Committee.  They were also presented with a bag of sweets each. Nov 7th 1968:  “HALLOWEEN