28 October 1966
50 Years ago, on October 28th 1966 an event of almost unprecedented importance happened in the Ancient Cinque Port Town of Rye—Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, paid an official visit to the ancient borough.
At noon on that historic day the people of Rye, stood at the memorial in the churchyard and watched the Queen talking and smiling happily with John Button and Alderman Hacking, it was as though there was a contact between that radiant person and everyone around her. This was our Queen. not a picture on a stamp or a profile on a coin, but a real and wonderful person—here in Rye. Continue reading 50 Years Ago HM The Queen and Prince Philip Visited Rye
Heather Worked at “Rye’s Own” in 1965
It is with deep regret we report the passing of Heather Bryant who as Heather Bottomley worked for “Rye’s Own” when it was first published in November 1965.
Heather played a vital part in those early days, selling advertising and working with Elaine Pepprell on the regular Down Rye Way series that featured local personalities.
Heather died peacefully at St Michaels Hospice early in the evening of 22 August. Her family were at her bedside. Continue reading Sad News
In 1962 J E Hollands & Sons the Rye Television firm won a Bentley Open Tourer in an RGD Television Sales Competition.
One of their customers had the value of the Bentley, which at that time was £1,500 and the firm won a further £1,000 for their efforts. Continue reading The Bentley at the Mermaid
Passengers, aboard an ocean liner, pass their days -happy or anxious, busy or idle – not much concerned with what goes on “below decks”. Enough, that there is a crew who presumably know their business and destination, and watch-by-watch through the twenty-four hours get on with the job. Continue reading Keeping Watch in 1973
This is a very special “Rye’s Own.” On October 28th an event of almost unprecedented importance happened to the Ancient Cinque Port Town of Rye—Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, paid an official visit to our ancient borough. Continue reading The Queen’s Visit to Rye