THE Paddle Steamer Preservation Society is holding an open meeting and talk by renowned author John Hendy.

The event will be held at East Cowes Town Hall at 2pm on Saturday.

The society owns the paddle steamers Waverley and Kingswear Castle.

John, who has written many books on coastal and cross-channel ferries, will present an illustrated lecture entitled Solent Seaways, Railway-owned and Other Steamers.

Old favourites such as the much-loved Denny trio of Southsea, Brading and Shanklin will feature, along with paddle steamers and even the last of the quartet of Island Saint class, St Faith.

All welcome, free entry, refreshments provided.