The second Isle of Wight Day, was held in Ryde where we kicked our annual event off with one of the largest parades which was a resounding success with a huge turnout. Many participators and spectators fuelled by delicious food served by Aspire. We were joined by national companies, including Tesco, whose wonderfully willing staff dressed up as fruit and veg, and handed out healthy snacks to the crowds.
At the forefront, of course, were Islanders, including schools, bands and community groups who truly got into the spirit of the parade.
We were delighted to hear that many who watched or took part in the parade felt it was reminiscent of carnivals of yesteryear.
The parade led to an after-party at Simeon Recreation grounds, where food stalls and activities for the whole family took place culminating to a firework display.
Island Heroes was the largest art project the Island had seen.
30, 7ft figures, all created by local artists, represented some of the Islands most Historic figures that visited or lived on our beautiful Island.
With clues, going out for a competition on our social media channels, residents found these placed across the Island in locations that had a significance to the Hero.
These figures were then auctioned off at Quay Arts Centre in Newport.