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.
As a 6ft 7in former rugby player, Ben Rouse admits he had to get used to standing out in the crowd. That is one reason why he is unlikely to be fazed when he carries out his duties as the new High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight, wearing the full regalia – tights, frills and all!
I knew Morris Barton, who died recently aged 75, long before he became the most famous person on the Isle of Wight. When he first joined the IW County Press he was an apprentice linotype operator to my late father, Roy. When dad revealed stories of work, Morris was often mentioned.