The Isle of Wight County Press has been bringing Islanders the news since 1884. We've delved into our archives.

124 years ago, in May 1900:
Island MP Richard E. Webster wrote to the County Press to confirm that he would be quitting after being elevated Master of the Roles at the request of Queen Victoria. He told Islanders: "I will always look back with pride upon the honour that you conferred on me by selecting me as your representative and shall ever retain a keen interest in everything which conduces to the welfare and prosperity of the Island."

Well-known Island hunter stud, Blue Blood, winner of ten first prizes in the show ring, was put up for servicing mares at the Yafford Stud Farm at the cost of £3. In his show ring days Blue Blood beat two of Queen Victoria's premium winners Chibiabos and Oatlands

74 years ago, in May 1950:
The construction of Sandown Secondary Modern School was given the go-ahead by County Hall's education committee. The site was adjacent to the former Sandown Secondary Grammar School, both of which are now home to Sandown High.

A blaze at Morgan's furniture and baby carriage shop, Shooters Hill, Cowes, caused chaos to neighbouring shopkeepers who fought the flames to rescue their wares. Goods were removed from Wyatt's Butchers, Richard's Radio Shop and the offices of Mr A. S. Cripps architect and surveyors.

A Niton couple won £10 to spend on their home after winning a national competition which asked for the six golden rules of married bliss. Mr and Mrs Selincourt beat off competition from 9,000 other entrants.

49 years ago, in May 1975:

There was an outcry regarding a staff shortage at St Mary's Hospital. A meeting of the IW Rehabilitation Society discussed the concern regarding the shortage of staff in professions such as occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

A report from the Island Coastguards showed that the casualty list for the 1974-75 winter was higher than ever and that the main cause was bad weather.

34 years ago, in May 1990:
Southern Vectis workers overwhelmingly backed their union's call for 24-hour strikes in support of their annual pay claim. Some 260 workers voted.

Newchurch Primary School was looking forward to a visit from Princess Margaret. The princess came to the school to formally open the new school buildings and the community centre.

A 42-year-old St Helens woman won the Island heat of the WI driver of the year competition. Noreen Finlay beat 29 other competitors in answering motoring questions and completing an economy driving test in a new Vauxhall Nova.

Police were urging Islanders not to hang their washing out overnight. A spate of thefts from washing lines in the Cowes and Lake areas saw garments ranging from underpants to jumpers being stolen.