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September 1971

Isle of Wight County Press:

Sept 4th 1971:  HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT – Even if the sun failed to shine; even if you found others at your favourite café table or picnic spot; even if the wind blew too keenly for sunbathing or too boisterously for an enjoyable sail; even if you did lose money on the fruit machines or lost grandmother on the front, no one can deny that this Bank Holiday was decidedly more peaceful and enjoyable for the family than those which have immediately preceded it.  (There was no Pop Festival)

Sept 11th 1971:  BUS TRAVEL – The General Purposes Committee agreed in principle at a meeting on Monday to support a County Council scheme for free or concessionary bus travel in the Island for old age pensioners. The decision was reached after the committee learned, to the surprise of some members, that such a scheme would make 21,893 people eligible for cheap travel – approximately 20 per cent of the Island’s total population.

Sept 11th 1971:  COMPLETE OVERHAUL – Work has begun on Brigstocke Terrace, Ryde, which is being renovated and converted into flats.

Sept 11th 1971:  BAD PRACTICE – The source of some of the rubbish washed up and left on Island beaches may be explained by the report that a passenger on the Queen Elizabeth 2 has complained of galley workers throwing overboard boxes and tins where they could wash up here and on the Hampshire coastline.  She was horrified to see the amount of rubbish thrown overboard while the ship was still in the Solent.  A spokesman for Cunard said normal action was to pulverise boxes and bottles and compress tins and put them into holed plastic sacks for sinking well away from coastlines.

Sept 18th 1971:  ESPLANADE – The new traffic arrangements of Ryde Esplanade, have come in for strong criticism, particularly from traders at the Esplanade.  With its dual carriageway, pelican crossing and safety rails, the scheme aroused much controversy, and recently a committee received a deputation of sea front business people complaining about loss of trade.

Sept 18th 1971:  SCHOOL TRANSPORT – The appearance in the Island of two new school buses painted bright yellow and having the county arms on their sides herald a new era in the provision of school transport in the Island.

Sept 18th 1971:  HOLY TRINITY CHURCH – £6 in 10p pieces has been given anonymously to the church in order that various worshippers might take one each and, through their own stewardship, increase the amount in some way for the benefit of the Stonework Fund.  A mystery coach tour last week raised enough money – about £6 – to buy a pinnacle stone for the church.

Sept 18th 1971:  ISLAND FLOWER CLUB – Mrs. Clive WEBSTER, of Camberley, gave a demonstration, using flowers and driftwood, at the opening meeting of the winter session at the Queensway Hall on Wednesday.  Mrs. G. FEW-BROWN, chairman, gave notice of shows and other events of interest during the coming season.

Sept 18th 1971:  UNUSUAL FIND – A mahogany dressing table recently acquired at an auction at Ryde has been found to contain something rather unusual – a telegram from the Queen.  It was sent to Mr. and Mrs. STAY, of Holly Cottage, Gatcombe, and came from Buckingham Palace to congratulate them on their diamond wedding anniversary

Sept 25th 1971:  SPORTS SNIPPETS – Ryde Cavaliers and Havenstreet knocked up 328 runs between them at Pell Lane on Sunday, something that pleased a holidaymaker from the North very much.  He gave the home team £1 for club funds for his afternoon’s entertainment; Bobbie BEATTIE got his first run out for Ryde Sports this season in the F.A. Cup match with Thornycroft on Saturday, coming on as substitute for ‘flu victim Ron WILSON.