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

124 years ago, in early June 1900:

Fanny White, wife of the landlord of Ventnor's Crab and Lobster Hotel tap, was charged with selling adulterated rum. The rum consisted of a mixture of drippings from various empty spirit and sherry bottles, which the court believed should never have been sold. Mrs White was fined £1 with £1 1s 6d (£1.07) costs.

A damaged sewer outlet in Cowes harbour caused a dispute between East Cowes District Council and Edward Agdis, owner of the Venus coal barge, which supplied coal to boats in Cowes harbour. The council said the damage was caused by the barge but Mr Agdis objected to the £59 fine. The council agreed to reduce it to £50.

99 years ago, on June 6, 1925:

There was mystery at Brighstone after the body of an elderly sea-faring man was washed up two miles east of Grange Chine. The coroner believed that the death was accidental, although he recorded an open verdict.

Islanders who believed that they were ageing too quickly were urged to reach for a bottle of Doan's kidney pills. An advertisement stated that many Islanders felt older and slower than they should because their kidneys were not filtering blood quickly enough. The pills promised to: “Strengthen and stimulate your age-worn kidneys and make you feel years younger.”

74 years ago, in early June, 1950:

Two double-decker buses were put on to service for the first time on the Island since the 1920s. The buses, which covered Sandown routes, were introduced to carry more passengers. In brown and cream colours, they ran on the enterprise route.

Scaffolding put up to repair war damage to St Paul's Church, Shanklin, was removed. The congregation then carried out a thorough spring clean of the building.

49 years ago, on June 7, 1975:

A visit to the Island by the Queen Mother was enjoyed by many. After she attended St Lawrence Church for the dedication of the memorial windows, she opened a new home for disabled adults in East Cowes.

Ravers had the opportunity to visit Ryde's La Babalu Club every night, except Sundays and Mondays. The advertisement for the club, at Ryde airport where MacDonald's is now situated, told its customers: "Be casual, be smart."

34 years ago, on June 8, 1990:

A Shanklin housewife was down to her last 5p when she won £42,602 during a bingo evening in Shanklin's New Playhouse. Diane Birkett, of Coronation Gardens, said that she was on cloud nine after winning the money. "I'm scared that any minute I might wake up and find that it has all been a dream."

Over the course of the year the IW Countryside Management Service planted 2,102 trees and 395 shrubs under the landscape conservation grants scheme.