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  • The Channel Islands this weekThe Channel Islands this week

    Channel Islands prepare for disaster

    It was the week in which the Channel Islands' food and fuel supplies were running so dangerously low that the occupying forces had no choice but to mount a raid on mainland France, Jersey's deputies voted to build Corbiere lighthouse, and, in Guernsey, work began on constructing the current airport. Victor Hugo published Toilers of the Sea, his work of fiction set in an dedicated to Guernsey, and Terence Alexander, who would go on to play Charlie Hungerford in Bergerac, was born. And emergency services from Guernsey, Jersey, and France, teamed up for an ambitious exercise in preparation for a maritime disaster.

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    A messy execution and a curious case of smuggling

    Guernsey's last execution doesn't go according to plan, despite being conducted in front of 200 ticket-holding spectators. In Jersey, senators vote to flood Queen's Valley to create a new reservoir, and four housewives are jailed for smuggling currency off the island in their underwear. Alderney's first full-time radio station goes on air after years of short-term broadcasts, and a new name appears on Channel Island departure board as Blue Islands takes to the skies.

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    The Channel Islands’ last witch trial

    Amy Lake stands trial for witchcraft and setting a mortal curse on her neighbour in the run-up to the First World War, Alfred Hitchcock has reason to be grateful for a surprising Jersey connection, and an oil rig on its way to South America washes up on Guernsey's coast. Guernsey politicians unveil plans for a new airport, and Jersey Airways offers to cover the cost of construction - but only if it can have a monopoly on landing and taking off there. Politicians in Jersey meet to decide whether they want a commercial or BBC radio station, and Isaac Newton gives a Guernsey inventor's device the once-over... before it's lost for ever.

The Channel Islands this week
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Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney: little islands with big stories to tell. They’ve seen earthquakes and witchcraft trials, been caught up in the English civil war, faced invasion from France, and welcomed the Beatles and Rolling Stones on tour. From the construction of Corbiere Lighthouse and Victor Hugo’s flight to Guernsey, to the day a UFO appeared above Alderney, all of these stories and more feature in the Channel Islands’ remarkable history. Subscribe today.

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