A GROUP of local historians, and individuals with local history collections, want to explore the setting up of a Newport heritage society.

Steve Berden, Colin Fairweather, Brian Greening, John Nash, Rob Martin, Alan Stroud and Roger Hewitt want to see how much interest there would be in setting up such a group.

They're all concerned that at the moment, unlike Cowes, East Cowes, Ventnor and Ryde, there is nowhere for Newport residents to deposit any interesting bits of local history and memorabilia they may have.

A Newport Heritage society would offer a safe home for all such material, and make it available for others to see.

If there are like-minded individuals out there who would like to see the setting up of such a society, or have any ideas in any shape or form, the group would love to hear from you.

If sufficient interest is shown, a meeting could be arranged to discuss ideas.

The group can be contacted by email at isleofwightrevisited@yahoo.co.uk

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