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Tennyson at the hub of fashionable Freshwater

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.

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By popular demand…!

THE JOHN HANNAM INTERVIEW

During the 26 years of my Isle of Wight Radio chat show, two people created the biggest impact – Cliff Richard and the late Military Road farmer Sylvia Jones. Sir Cliff was perhaps expected, but Sylvia, making her radio debut at the age of 74, brought in phone calls from all along the south coast, and she came back several times by popular demand. I still think of her every time I drive past Sutton Farm. She was always full of fun and once told me: “What I’ve got left is either wrinkled, shrivelled up or dropping off.

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