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War Veteran Bert – one of the lucky ones!

A BEACON SPECIAL INTERVIEW

Second World War veteran Bert Earley describes himself as ‘one of the lucky ones’, and when he talks about his war-time trips journey around Britain, repairing vital aircraft under the constant threat of German bombing raids, it is easy to see why! Bert, born, brought up and still living in Cowes, is now 96, and the second eldest of four brothers, three of whom served their country during the war. Eldest brother Frank recently celebrated his 100th birthday; George has sadly passed away, as has Ron, the youngest, who did his National Service after the war ended.

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‘A nightclub around virtually every corner…’

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

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‘We have so much to be proud of on this Island’

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.

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