Say “Isle of Wight Day!” Around 800 children from four schools in East Cowes have gathered to create an image of the Isle of Wight in the grounds of Osborne House.

Sunshine dance? No! Children from four East Cowes schools wave at a camera high above them.
Sunshine dance? No! Children from four East Cowes schools wave at a camera high above them.
Youngsters from the Studio School, Queensgate and Holy Cross primaries and Whippingham’s Priory School stood and waved in the shape of the Isle of Wight, while a high-flying drone snapped a picture for posterity. Listen: Isle of Wight Radio was at today’s meeting of East Cowes schoolchildren.
High Sheriff and Isle of Wight Day Founder Robin Courage and East Cowes Mayor Margaret Webster.
High Sheriff and Isle of Wight Day Founder Robin Courage and East Cowes Mayor Margaret Webster.
The event marks the start of celebrations for Isle of Wight Day which is officially tomorrow (Saturday). They were joined by the Island’s High Sheriff (Isle of Wight Day founder Robin Courage) and East Cowes Mayor Margaret Webster, but there was no sign of actress Dame Judi Dench or comedian Eddie Izzard who were filming round the corner for the movie Victoria And Abdul. William, 10, from Holy Cross school told Isle of Wight Radio:

“We were standing up because this man was filming us. “At one point I did lose where [the drone] was. I was excited that we were going to have a picture taken with drone.”

Isle of wight day east cowes long shotEllie, 10 from Queensgate Foundation Primary said:

“I think we have been [excited]. We’ve all be waiting for this. [The Isle Of Wight’s] a nice community and everybody thinks about each other, not just about themselves.”

Demi from the Priory School said:

“It’s very good because I get to see my friends who used to come to my school. I’m most looking forward to spotting people in [the photo]. My friends. And looking at it.”

Kristiana and Alice and from the Studio School told Isle of Wight Radio:

“[We’ve enjoyed] Seeing our old friends from different schools and having fun with them and having a laugh. The sun was kind of in the way, but we all were able to look at [the drone] and wave. Hopefully our faces were in the photo!”

    We’ll bring you the final image as soon as we have it, but it may look something like Appley in Ryde’s “Human Dinosaur” which was taken from a plane in 2013 by Visit Isle of Wight:

Human Dinosaur in 2013 (c) Visit Isle of Wight
Human Dinosaur in 2013 (c) Visit Isle of Wight

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