Sandown Memories

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I had some brill holidays in sandown, morning coffee at the Rendevous restaurant, well café in the high st, made friends with the son paul who was training to be a navigator in the merchant navy, met a couple of girls who came from Bexleyheath in London, they lived in Axminster Road, some memory that. Pauls mum lived (...Read full memory)

Hi, I worked at the Manor House, Shanklin from approx 1967/ 1972. My name was Kathleen Orchard. Had some lovely summers there. Coming down from Birmingham it was like travelling to another world......Would love to hear from some of the girls; Jean, Chris, Christine so many to recall. Fantastic memories!

I was in the kindergarten at Carisbrooke Convent when we had a day trip to the zoo. I remember after visiting the animals and eating the peanuts we had bought for the monkeys, we went to a play ground and those of us with a sixpence(2.5p) could buy a ride on the train. It ran on an elevated track pulled by a (...Read full memory)

It was 1969 and I had just come down from Manchester and was staying once more in my family home in Hatch End. My parents suggested that I took my younger brother away for a break following his "O" Levels so we set off for a youth hostelling trip to the Isle of Wight. A ferry crossing from Portsmouth was followed (...Read full memory)

Many of my childhood summer holidays were spent at Sandown.  We usually stayed at Mrs. Woodnutt's hotel in Carter Street.  Mr. Woodnutt hired out the deck chairs on Sandown Beach.  He also kept ferrets and I was allowed to go and help him look after them.  One of our family's favourite places was the miniature golf course (...Read full memory)