Sally Perry


Contact: sally@onthewight.com

Sally Perry is co-owner, reporter and editor at Isle of Wight News from OnTheWight.

The publication has built up a large and trusting audience, not only on the Island, but also around the world, helping IW ex-pats stay in touch with Island news.

Sally has been recognised nationally for her in-depth coverage of the three-week occupation of a factory by workers. As Journalism.co.uk commented at the time, “[they} gave the national and local media a run for its money with its comprehensive coverage of the industrial dispute".

She’s also been awarded for her dogged persistence in highlighting the plight of landlocked Ventnor Undercliff residents following a major landslide (over 200 articles in four+ years).

As well as covering local democracy and holding those in power to account for their decisions, OnTheWight is a champion of The Arts, regularly celebrating the creative talents of Islanders.

Floating Bridge out of service due to hydraulic oil leak

floating bridge suspended

A hydraulic oil leak on the north west prow worsened through the night but without a replacement service in place it had to continue.

Tuesday, 18th June, 2019 8:45am

By Sally Perry

Torrential rain, hail, lightning and gusty winds, say Met Office

Lightning by Jamie Russell

The Met Office say whilst rain and flooding is likely to be the largest impact, hail, lightning and gusty winds will be additional hazards.

Monday, 17th June, 2019 10:42am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

D-Day 75 Off Ventnor (Photos, audio and 360 shots)

D-Day 75 - William playing the evening colours

A moving service was held on Ventnor seafront to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when 300 veterans on board the MV Boudicca travelling from Portsmouth to Normandy, stop off the Ventnor coast to exchange signals. Listen to the audio and look at the 360 photos.

Saturday, 15th June, 2019 12:36pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

West Wight school consultation: Cllr sharing incorrect information, says Yarmouth Mayor (updated)

Delivering the petition at county hall

Cllr Cameron is minuted as stating that Yarmouth Town Council approve of the school closure when it is the opposite. A 1,882 strong petition was handed in this week to County Hall opposing the changes.

Friday, 14th June, 2019 6:37pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Released from prison today, Freshwater Five Dan says, ‘Nine years of my life stolen’: Appeal underway

Freshwater Five - Dan Payne on day of release by the sea

Dan said, "I've had nine years of my life stolen from me for something I didn't do. I may have been released from prison but I am still not free. Only the Court of Appeal can put this right now."

Friday, 14th June, 2019 6:27pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

‘Campaign to unseat Chris Whitehouse starts here’, says party behind by-election winner (updated)

Joe Lever at polling station

The campaign to unseat Chris Whitehouse in the 2021 Isle of Wight council elections starts here, says the party behind the winner of the Parish Council by-election.

Friday, 14th June, 2019 9:21am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight primary school remains ‘Good’ say Ofsted

green smiley balls

One parent commented, "‘I feel that Barton has improved immensely over the past five years or so... my child is doing very well in all areas of their education... I would recommend the school to any of my friends and family."

Friday, 14th June, 2019 8:43am

By Sally Perry

Volunteer at Ventnor Fringe Festival and become part of the VFringe family

If you have some spare time, why not get involved? As previous a volunteer says, you’ll meet some of the kindest and most talented people you could imagine, all in this most amazing town.

Thursday, 13th June, 2019 1:16pm

By Sally Perry

Leader’s vow to ‘get Undercliff Drive open again’ a step closer with public consultation

Vix lowthion - cycling through undercliff

Cllr Ian Ward also says it's his view the Isle of Wight needs to have Undercliff Drive road open again, but will not make a decision until after the consultation.

Thursday, 13th June, 2019 11:41am

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Non-stop kayak around the Isle of Wight in aid of Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

Tim Wiggins kayaking around the Isle of Wight

Tim Wiggins has swapped his bicycle for a sea kayak and plans to kayak around the Island next month to raise money for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

Thursday, 13th June, 2019 9:51am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight DofE Gold Award winners head to Buckingham Palace

D of E Students

Congratulations to Michael and Daniel who attended a presentation at Buckingham Palace last month to receive their Gold Awards.

Thursday, 13th June, 2019 9:34am

By Sally Perry

Under current plans these health visitors, who walk to most clients, will be forced to drive over seven miles from August (updated)

traffic jam

From August the team of four health visitors that usually walk to see most of their clients (families with children under five-years-old) will have to drive more than seven miles, all to save £4,500 rent at Salisbury Gardens.

Wednesday, 12th June, 2019 6:34pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments