Celebrating Summer in Style – Dance to the sounds from the 60s through to the 90s
Demonstration of LeRoc (Modern Jive)
BURLESQUE AT ITS BEST!!!
with Isabelle L’Amour and The Blue Moon Revue dancers
Historic Ryde Society was delighted to be invited to have a stall at the Classic Car Rally 2014 event, held as usual on Ryde seafront. The rain held off, and Sheila, Claire and Diana did a sterling job during the course of the day.
The new Beachy Books community project book, Your Journey into Ryde, proved very popular with visitors, and 14 copies were sold. Altogether, just over £120 was raised for the Society. Many thanks to Vic Galucci for inviting Historic Ryde Society to take part in this wonderful annual event. Thanks also to Dani, of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, who very kindly loaned a small table for the event.
Around 40 Historic Ryde Society members and other interested guests came along to hear the fascinating story of ‘The ship that hunted itself’, given by medals’ enthusiast, David Slade.
Historic Ryde Vice Chair Ron Watts hosted the evening and informed the assembled company about the up-coming events. These included the rearranged ‘Ryde Airport and Spithead Express’ talk by Bob Wealthy, which will take place on October 22, in Yelf’s Hotel, which had to be postponed due to very stormy weather in February.
Ron then introduced guest speaker David, who went on to enthral with this remarkable tale. The two armed vessels, HMS Carmania and SMS Cap Trafalgar, each disguised as the other, engaged in battle on September 14, 1914. David has done a huge amount of research on the subject, and also brought along some medals from his collection, which belonged to crew members.
With the 2014 Carnival season just ended, and thoughts of both World Wards both uppermost in the National conscience, a chance find in an old magazine brought the 1949 Ryde Carnival to life.
The article began with a poem entitled: ‘Ryde Carnival 1888 – 1949’.
‘When Carnival conquered the Continent
He was suddenly seized with a great intent-
He said “I have triumphed in France and Spain,
“In Italy, too, and I’m winning the Dane,
“But Oh! it would be the pride of my rule
“Could I make the Englishman act like a fool.”
Now the Spirit of Carnival looks like an ass,
But it’s only the skin which he wears with his lass.
“Forward!” he cried< and bestrode the Ass;
“Praise be that the time has come to pass
“When Ryde shall lay down the golden rule
“That England is free to Act the Fool!”
The article continued: ‘The revival of Ryde Carnival this year will bring back many memories of the community, for Ryde, it will be remembered, was the first town in England to hold a Carnival – in 1888.
There will be few who remember the first carnivals with their gay costumes and clowning pedestrians – not so very unlike the present day shows but gayer, perhaps, with less accentuation on the prize-givings and a more care-free atmosphere.
Many, however, will remember the last carnival to take place in Ryde before the war – only 48 hours before the was to be precise – when the Pipe Band and the Royal Marines provided the music for the grand procession that encircled the town. Life was a little easier then, and some of the care-free spirit of the first carnival still remained, though the country was on the verge of a six years war.
The 1949 carnival did a lot to revive that spirit, and, although the town did not go quite as mad as it might have done, the spirit was there.
This year’s carnival was a credit to the organisers, who, in a very short time, produced something of the spirit of Ryde which all but a few thought was lost for ever. Next year we can look forward to something bigger and better, with, perhaps, even more gaiety and fun.
Historic Ryde Society (HRS) was delighted to be invited to the Ticket to Ryde event in the Eastern Gardens over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Hosted by BBC Radio Solent DJ, and Ryde resident, Alex Dyke, the event proved very popular with scooterists and locals alike.
Alex and Brian even got in on the fun by posing with one of the HRS photoboards!