With the Island having for so long been the largest single constituency in the country, with around 110,000 voters for one Member of Parliament – at least for the time being – it is rarely appreciated that for almost 250 years, before the Great Reform Act of 1832, we returned a staggering six MPs.
The Old Gaffers Festival makes a welcome return to the Isle of Wight entertainment calendar this year. After its absence in 2016 due to a lack of financial support, the Gaffers will take place in Yarmouth on June 2nd, 3rd and 4th, with organisers having worked overtime to make it bigger and better than ever.
The Isle of Wight Festival is hosting the Dragon Boat Race on Thursday April 27th, in partnership with Stand Up To Cancer. This is the third time a race of this kind has taken place on the island, with national and local companies competing on the water in a series of races and enjoying a day of entertainment at Island Harbour.