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September 1970

Isle of Wight County Press:

Sept 5th 1970:  POP FESTIVAL – The organisers of the pop festival at East Afton, Freshwater, stated at the weekend that it would be the last such event they would hold on the Island.  Estimates of the attendance varied from 150,000 to 400,000.  The presence of so large a gathering disorganised life in the Island, where many people are angry at the intrusion of such a horde of unwelcome guests, against their expressed wishes.

Sept 5th 1970:  UNUSUAL FIND – Mrs. L. W. RICHARDS, of Little Preston Road, discovered a specimen of a rare lattice fungus on Brading Down on Tuesday.  About three inches in diameter and egg-shaped, with a lattice growth attached, the fungus is bright orange in colour.  It is now thriving in Mrs. RICHARDS’ garden.

Sept 5th 1970:  INSTRUMENTS STOLEN – A guitar, amplifier and echo unit worth £150 were stolen from the Music Box, Ryde Airport, during the night of Thursday week.  Entry was through a forced window.

Sept 12th 1970:  WOMEN’S GAS FEDERATION – P.S. W. D. GROVES (Island divisional crime prevention officer) spoke on the use and misuse of drugs, with examples and photographs, at the monthly meeting at the Southern Gas Board demonstration room, High Street, on Monday.

Sept 12th 1970:  ORGAN, VOICE AND TRUMPET – Attended by an appreciative audience of nearly 100, a recital for organ, voice and trumpet at St. John’s Church on Wednesday raised over £13 for the National Society for Autistic Children, particularly towards the home the society are planning to build at Southampton.

Sept 12th 1970:  ORGAN REPAIR COST – The organ in the main hall at Ryde Town Hall has been admired by many, but at the moment is giving the Town Council’s General Purposes and Finance committees a financial headache.  The organ contractors, J. W. WALKER and Sons Limited, have supplied estimates for repair work which they consider absolutely essential.  The cost, including labour, materials and transport charges, is £1280.

Sept 12th 1970:  CARNIVAL – Although entries in the grand procession were below their peak, the children’s procession on Friday week was as brilliant and as popular as ever.  In fact, with an estimated 600 children in fancy costume it at least equalled last year’s record gathering.

Sept 12th 1970:  REUNION – When Mrs. Paula REALY of the Rendezvous Café, Cross Street, Ryde, met her sister, Mrs. Trude WEGNER, at Heathrow Airport at the weekend it recalled the troubled times in Europe when they last saw each other, 32 years ago.  Then they had only faith to sustain their hopes of ever meeting again.

Sept 19th 1970:  MINI FETE – This event at Beechgrove, Haylands, the site for the new Congregational Church, on Saturday, raised over £64 in aid of the New Church Appeal Fund.  The event was organised by Mrs. L. WEALTHY and opened by the Rev. B. R. H. SPAULL (minister).  Stalls included a bring-and-buy stall arranged by the Women’s Guild.  Young people were in charge of competitions.

Sept 26th 1970:  FALSE ALARM – The sea rescue service was alerted at 1 a.m. on Wednesday after a resident reported seeing a flashing light off Pelham Fields. It was quickly verified that the light was being used by a fisherman in a boat.  The alert was recorded as a false alarm with good intent.

Sept 26th 1970:  POSTAL INSPECTOR RETIRES – Presentations will be made tonight at the Post Office Social and Sports Club to Mr. Reginald William BARTLETT, of 4 Riboleau Street, on the occasion of his retirement as inspector at the Head Post Office, Union Street.  He started as a boy messenger in the town in 1924, and was made inspector over three years ago.  He will be presented with the Imperial Service Medal and will also receive a farewell gift from his colleagues.