I am a 67 year old British citizen and have lived for over 40 years as a rock musician in Germany. I went to Ryde School in the 60s. After I left I was lonely living in London and used come back to the island most weekends - to my friends in - wait for it! of COURSE....in Binstead. I used to stay at the parents of my schoolfriend Ian Squire, Mr & Mrs Holmes-White. Ian went to Australia later. Sometimes I stayed at Major Carleton's villa where us boys used to slip out in the night and have wild parties near the beach with the Au Pair girls from the villa. My friend Brian Read from Ryde had an old car - very old. He used to drive around in it with up to 9 passengers. It was a SMALL car! On one occasion we were caught by a bobby, not very difficult when we had two passengers riding on the foot boards on each side of the car - and 9 inside! The magistrate fined us all four pounds as far as I remember. After this we were described in the local paper as looking like the "Keystone Cops" on a car chase!! (Film comedians in the 1920s.) I loved Binstead but have never been back unfortunately. I've just got internet and can't sleep It's the middle of the night. If anybody knows Brian Read please get in touch. I've been trying to find him for years.
With loving greetings to a lovely village which has many memories of my younger years -
Simon John Hornsby, Germany.
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