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Bestival and Isle of Wight Festival awards success

Bestival has been named as Best Major Festival in 2015 Credit: ITV Meridian

The Isle of Wight is well-known for its festivals, but now it's been officially recognised at a national awards ceremony.

Bestival has been named as best major festival at this year's UK Festival awards.

The Isle of Wight Festival has picked up Best Headliner and Best Family Festival accolades.

The Isle of Wight Festival has been named Best Headliner and Best Family Festival Credit: ITV Meridian

"Oh crikey, Bestival HQ is in a psychedelic hangover fug today as news sinks in of our win last night at the Festival Awards. To win Best Major Festival in 2015 is testament to our incredibly faithful Bestivalites who come back year in year out, but also the likes of Missy, the Chems and Duran Duran for lighting up the skies, and mostly our tirelessly devoted staff and crew who make it all come together. This awards for all you guys…my mantelpiece is full already!"

– Rob da Bank, co-founder of Bestival

Challenges ahead for Island's tourism after £330k loss

Tourism industry on the Isle of Wight faces challenges ahead

The Isle of Wight Council is trying to persuade local businesses to contribute financially towards promoting the island as a holiday destination.

It follows an announcement from the authority last week, announcing that it was stopping its grant of £330,000 to the 'Visit Isle of Wight consortium', in a bid to save taxpayers' money.

The news is a bitter blow to an industry which is reeling from the loss of two of its longest running attractions - the Fort Victoria Aquarium and the Seaview Wildlife Encounter both closed down two weeks ago. Dave Russell has our report.

The interviewees are: David Thornton, CEO of Visit Isle of Wight; and Cllr Jonathan Bacon, Isle of Wight Council Leader.


Parents pay tribute to their only son killed in crash

Reese Mitchell died in a collision on the Isle of Wight on Sunday Credit: Hampshire Police

A motorcyclist who was killed in a crash on the Isle of Wight has been named as 21-year-old Reese Mitchell. He collided with a car on Military Road on Sunday afternoon.

Reese grew up on the Island and worked as a scaffolder for a local company. Reese was the only child of Richard and Tracey Mitchell.

"Reese will be sadly missed by us and our extended family and the many friends that he had".

– Tracey and Richard Mitchell

Gary Lineker's mother dies on the Isle of Wight

Gary Lineker has announced that his mother, who lived on the Isle of Wight, has died.

He broke the news on Twitter having previously had to cancel a recording of Match of the Day to travel to the island when his mother was taken ill.

Arson investigation into Isle of Wight school fire continues

The Island Learning Centre was destroyed by fire last month

A new image has been released which shows the extensive damaged caused to an Isle of Wight school during an arson attack last month.

Emergency crews were called to the Island Learning Centre, at Berry Hill, Lake, near Sandown on the Isle of Wight on July 17 after a school minibus caught fire, which spread to the school.

A 16-year-old boy from the Isle of Wight was arrested on Friday, July 17, on suspicion of arson and was bailed until October 16, 2015 pending further enquiries.

Detectives would still like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the fire, or who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area, between 11.30pm on Thursday, July 16 and 12.15am on Friday, July 17.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Eastern Investigation Team on 101 quoting 44150244876 or call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Crash closes Isle of Wight chain ferry

The Isle of Wight chain ferry has been closed after a worker was reportedly hit by a car which crashed into the vessel.

The man, reported to be a member of the chain ferry staff, was said to have been pinned against the gates of the boat when the car collided with it on Friday evening.

Ferry services suspended Credit: Darren Toogood

The ferry, known as Cowes floating bridge, has been suspended and will be replaced by water taxi services for foot passengers until at least midnight.

The driver of the car was reported to have been treated at the scene.

The closure is likely to result in disruption as the annual Cowes Week yachting regatta which begins today.

Investigation on chain ferry Credit: Darren Toogood

Isle of Wight Council apologised for the inconvenience.

In a statement posted on their Facebook page last night the council said:

"Cowes Floating Bridge is currently suspended until further notice. This is due to the vessel being damaged by a vehicle that drove into it. Water taxi services for foot passengers will operate in place of the floating bridge, between Cowes and East Cowes tomorrow from 7am until midnight. Limited service will operate between 6pm and 7pm tomorrow."

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