Last year during the May Bank Holiday we took a little trip to the Isle of Wight. One day 2 we took a drive and walk along the coast to get a view of the ‘Needles’. The ‘Needles’ are a row of three distinctive stacks of chalk that rise about 30m out of the sea off the western extremity of the Isle of Wight. The formation takes its name from a fourth needle-shaped pillar called Lot’s Wife, that collapsed in a storm in 1764. The remaining rocks are not at all needle-like, but the name has stuck.
My first ever trip away from home was at the age of nine in 1986 to the Isle of Wight. During this five day school trip I do not recall visiting the Needles but of course had heard all about it. So when I finally got my chance, I was in a child like state of excitement. I stood and let the wind blow my hair into a frenzy. Wonderful.