V-Bay Festival 2010
21st - 24th October

V-Bay 2009 - 23rd -25th October 2009

People on beach

The festival opened on Friday afternoon with a spectacular display by the Sandown and Shanklin Inshore Lifeboat crew and the Coastguard Air Sea Rescue Helicopter from Lee on Solent.

Volunteer lifeboatman Steve Woodhams jumped into the water and let off a flare to mark the start of the festival. He was then rescued from the water by the lifeboat crew, and another member of the crew was winched into the helicopter.

Later gangsters and their molls gathered at the Winter Gardens for a 1920s and 30s Speakeasy extravaganza, featuring a casino with Black Jack and Roulette tables, comedian Hannah George, Magician Aaron Isted, the Phoenix Jazz Ensemble and the Wight Harmony Barber Shop singers.

Despite poor weather, events continued on Saturday with pirate activity from the Isle of Wight Pirates on the beach and through the town, many stalls from local groups and Aint No Mountain High Enough - a 50 years of Motown night in the main hall of the Winter Gardens, with The Hillmans blues band playing in the Winter Gardens bar.

Sunday at the Winter Gardens saw an Antiques and Collectables Fair, where visitors could bring their own objects to have them valued during the day. The beach and Esplanade were busy with stalls and local musicians were playing live at eleven venues along the seafront and into the town - there was even a strolling musician going around the town playing at venues too small to take a full band. A fancy dress sponsored swim, for the brave (or foolhardy) raised money for the festival's charity, P.A.T.C.H.

Photographs: Barbara Roscoe

Helicopter Rescue

What the papers said about V-Bay 2009

The Isle of Wight County Press said:

".... everyone taking part had a wonderful time."

This Isle of Wight Gazette said:

" Well done guys - job done! The feedback so far has been fantastic. Ventnorians who "have had the time of our lives", great comments from Islanders who "haven't been to Ventnor for years" and who'll be back and from mainland visitors too who are saying the same."

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