100 Years Ago - June 15, 1912
The slipway at Atherfield was out of action after a serious cliff fall.
The slipway, mainly used by the lifeboat crew, had been threatened with closure for several months after signs of subsidence.
Brighstone and Yarmouth lifeboats would cover the area while the Atherfield boat was out of action.
The IW Rifles returned home after their latest expedition fell victim to heavy rain.
The regiment paraded just after lunchtime, before returning to Newport, leaving their tents standing.
They were met by a large number of people who turned out, despite the rain, to give them a welcome.
A man visiting the Island from the mainland was charged with being drunk and disorderly.
The man, from Hove, was in Ventnor and found with several cheque books in his possession.
However, no concern raised about the cheque books and the man was collected by his father, a London accountant, and the charges dropped.
75 Years Ago - June 19, 1937
The annual meeting of the IW Musical Competition Festival took place at Newport Guildhall.
Once again, the event proved popular with competitors, supporters and the public and became firmly established on the Island’s events calendar.
Judges were impressed with the standard of entries and the enthusiasm and skill of those taking part.
Four occupants of a motor yacht had to be rescued after fire broke out on board.
The blaze started under the fuel tank of the vessel, which was just off The Needles.
The occupants abandoned the yacht and took to a dinghy, before the yacht was rescued and towed ashore.
Nurses from the Island were among 2,300 from across the country, who attended a special service at Buckingham Palace. Five members of the Ryde District Nursing Association met Queen Mary at the palace.
50 Years Ago - June 16, 1962
All crew members of the Swiss steamer, Nyon, were picked up safely after it sank off The Needles.
The vessel collided with the Indian ship, Jalazad, weighing 8,000 tonnes.
The crew of the Nyon took to their lifeboats and were picked up by the Jalazad, which was bound from Liverpool to Antwerp.
Yarmouth Lifeboat was also launched as a precaution.
A Ryde goods train guard was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital with serious internal injuries.
The incident happened at Medina Wharf, Cowes, when the 55-year-old man was hit by a railway wagon during shunting operations.
Whitsun marked the start of the holiday season on the IW, with the arrival of thousands of visitors.
Beaches were crowded as holidaymakers enjoyed up to 13 hours of sunshine a day, while cafes and other establishments reported capacity business.
Bathing, boating, fishing and sailing were all in full swing and summer shows were extremely well supported.
25 Years Ago - June 19, 1987
Staff at a Ryde seafront shop battled to stem a flood at their premises when a storm brought a deluge.
Despite their efforts, The Complete Party Shop was flooded in minutes and only a prompt turnout by firemen, helped by neighbours, prevented a serious situation and extensive damage.
However, carpets were ruined by the rainwater, which reached a depth of around three inches.
Smoking was set to be banned at meetings of Lake Parish Council after councillors voted 5-3 in favour of the ban, with some abstentions.
Mr Wenman said smoking was an unpleasant habit and smoking at meetings was unfair on non-smokers.
It was agreed to take the matter up with the appropriate authority to seek a resolution.
There were puppet shows galore across the Island as Gateway Foodmarkets helped stage the IW Punch and Judy Festival.
The venues included Yarmouth and Carisbrooke castles, Sandown and Shanklin beaches and Ryde Esplanade.
Two performances were also held at Medina House School, Newport, and on the children’s ward at St Mary’s Hospital.
10 Years Ago - June 14, 2002
A teapot that sat in a pub lounge for many years sold for £12,000.
It was kept in a cabinet in the residents’ lounge at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, Newport, and then at the home of former hotelier, Joan Read.
The five-inch high porcelain pot, dating from 1760, was believed to be the most valuable of its type sold at auction.
A dinosaur, believed to have roamed 120 million years ago, returned to the Island — in model form.
Parties of schoolchildren visiting Sandown’s Dinosaur Isle had a grandstand view of the four-metre polacanthus model being put into its exhibition space.
Polacanthus was thought to be a plant-eater, wh ich walked on all fours.