It’s long legs have stretched out into the English Channel for more than 130 years, combatting all the elements that have been thrown its way. Built when Queen Victoria was on the throne – and a frequent visitor to Osborne House
There may have been traffic congestion around Newport for a few days, but hopefully any disruption was soon forgotten, and the latest Isle of Wight Festival will be remembered as one of the best the town has ever hosted.
This month the Beacon dedicates its popular ‘Island Story’ feature to a very special group of people who live here. This is a story about bravery, courage, kindness and dedication – and it centres on some of the many young people on the Island who have faced adversity, and somehow managed to come through it with a smile on their faces.
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.