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.
Those who know Freshwater as it is today could easily be forgiven for failing to realise just how famous it once was. The sprawling village, with many of its old shops now gone, and encroached by ever more housing but few new attractions or amenities, is a far cry from its golden heyday.
From The Balcony to Zanies, Island nightclubs were THE place to be in the swinging ‘60s, ’70s, ‘80s and beyond, and memories are still fresh in the minds of many who packed into them night after night. Nightclub entertainment was usually a cross between records on turntables and live acts, and many top groups of the day came here to perform
Over the past decade the Island has hosted some 50 Royal visits, all of them meticulously arranged, planned and overseen by the Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White.
In his role as Lord Lieutenant, Martin is Her Majesty The Queen’s representative on the Island, and is one of 98 Lord Lieutenants around the United Kingdom.