East Cowes News in Brief, by Margaret Prior

The 70th anniversary commemorations of the Cowes Blitz and the role played by the Polish warship ORP Blyskawica have been well-publicised recently.  In East Cowes our special day of activities will be Saturday 5 May.  Everyone is invited to a service of remembrance at Kingston Cemetery at 10.45am.  Wreaths will be laid at the Air Raid Memorial: please feel welcome to bring your own tokens of respect.  Other activities follow, finishing in the evening with a 1940’s dance laid on by Angel Radio.  A more detailed programme of the day and the complete programme of events on both sides of the Medina can be picked up at Bridge House and the Heritage Centre and posters can be seen around the town.

The Classic Boat Museum is now open in the Albany Building, a former GKN workshop in Albany Road. It is staffed by volunteers, many of whom had helped to repaint the interior and move the 50 restored craft from Seaclose.  There are many fascinating and unique vessels on display, and the museum will be open from 10.30am, Tuesday-Saturday during the summer.  The museum’s Gallery, which is of equal interest, will remain across the road in Venture Quays.  For more information call 244101 or e-mail [email protected]

Friends of East Cowes member Lin Kemp has offered a helping hand to the Town Council’s team organising the town’s floral displays for this special summer. Lin and her small team have run the “In Bloom” competitions for the “Friends” for a few years now, and this year they plan even more categories for our keen gardeners to enter.  Look out for the posters around the town and help to make this an even more notable year.    

Main image of the ORP Blyskawica by T Gladdis


Author: Isle of Wight Beacon

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