‘Our centre offers the perfect place to keep the island’s key demographic occupied,’ said founder, Margret Briscoe, ‘and is ideally situated just a short bus ride from Sandown’s glamorous benches, bingo halls and fracture clinic.’
Wilcox met attractive divorcee Anna Sheppard, 37, on the local common when his West Highland terrier Flint started playing with her Jack Russell bitch Molly. The sight of the two small dogs rolling happily around in the grass together prompted other dog owners to start referring to them as an engaged couple.
A community of gypsies is asking the Isle of Wight District Council to force a group of owner-occupiers to move on from their bungalows next to the gypsy site. Gypsy spokesman ‘Stevo’ said that although he had no objection to people living in non-mobile homes, ‘the people on Acacia Avenue, Shanklin are a blot on the landscape and should be moved on to a more suitable area away from our colourful Romany site. Its value has halved since the owner-occupiers arrived.’