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This book tells the heart-warming story of a holiday to the Isle of Wight enjoyed by a group of children from Banstead Residential School in Surrey, later Beechholme, in 1936. These trips were an experiment, encouraged by the London County Council, to give the children more experience of life outside the school.

As well as containing an account by one of the young participants, the book also reproduces a handwritteen and beautifully illustrated guide book lovingly prepared by Miss Isabel Mountjoy, one of the teachers who organised the trip. Her creation absorbed the lucky youngsters throughout their holiday, and all these decades later, it’s a story that will delight the reader today.

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