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.
Isle of Wight Festival curator John Giddings is offering Island residents an exclusive ticket deal to see the likes of Rod Stewart, Arcade Fire, Run DMC and David Guetta at this year’s festival. John said: “The Isle of Wight has an incredible community which we’re honoured to have worked with over the years. Residents have contributed hugely to what we’ve achieved and we wanted to say thank you as we move into a new era.”
From April 3rd – 30th, Island residents can buy day tickets for this year’s Festival for £49.50 each (plus postage). If you have already bought your day ticket you won’t miss out. You can either claim an additional complimentary ticket for the original day of purchase or you can buy a ticket for a different day for only £20.
To take advantage of the offer, go to https://www.
This year’s line-up also features Catfish and the Bottlemen, Kaiser Chiefs, Rag’n’Bone Man, Bastille, The Kooks, Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson as the festival returns to Seaclose Park, Newport from June 8th-11th.
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.