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septemberAs the IslandEcho team take a well-earned break over the Christmas period, we have lined up a special 12 days of Christmas round-up of the top stories from January to December, recapping the year gone by.

Check back each day for a new story to jog your memory as we lead up to the big day. 

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The Island’s first Aldi store opened with much celebration, with thousands of shoppers heading to the new store for the opening day.

Free food and golden envelopes were handed out to members of the public queuing to be the first inside the Cowes store, the first Aldi on the Isle of Wight.

september2Meanwhile, firefighters were called to tackle a fire on board a hovercraft in Ryde.

Smoke could be seen to be rising from the vessel ‘Island Express’, which was at the company’s Ryde terminal at the time of the incident. Two appliances from Ryde Fire Station attended and firefighters are using breathing apparatus and a hose reel tackled the flames.

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