The High Sheriff has hailed the first ever Isle of Wight Day as a huge success, saying “…it exceeded all expectations” and “…created a noticeable buzz around the Island”.
Isle of Wight Day is the initiative of the Island’s High Sheriff, Robin Courage. The day is intended to celebrate everything that is wonderful about the Isle of Wight, from the beauty of the Island’s landscapes to local businesses, produce and charities. Over 100 events were planned from West to East Wight and friends, families, neighbours and colleagues all came together to enjoy what proved to be an excellent day of weather.
Over the weekend there were several larger events such as the Big Cuppa at Cowes Yacht Haven, Songs of Praise at Cowes Enterprise College and the Vessel Value Around the Island Yacht Race. Smaller scale events were organised by local schools, groups and businesses such as cake sales, discos, tea parties, car boot sales, open days, nature trails and so much more.
Highlight of the weekend for many was the Grand People’s Parade in Newport on Saturday the 24th of September, which began at the Quay and ended at St George’s Park (Newport Football Club). There were hundreds of participants and spectators in attendance and the parade ended with local celebrity Derek Sandy singing his hit ‘Welcome to the Isle of Wight’.
Isle of Wight Day proved to be such a successful concept that it will be going ahead again next year and the High Sheriff has already announced the date whilst thanking everyone:
“Thank you Islanders for waving the flags all weekend. You truly exceeded all expectations. Wrap up your bunting and bring it out again for September 23rd, 2017” – Robin Courage, Isle of Wight High Sheriff