is the largest town on the Isle of Wight
, and is situated on the north-east coast. It provides a catamaran
ferry service from the pier
(which is the second longest in the United Kingdom
's) to Portsmouth
. There is also a hovercraft
ferry to Portsmouth when the sea is not too rough. The town grew in size as a seaside resort, but has become rather neglected over the past 20 years, with out-of-town supermarkets and Newport
's growth in popularity as the main shopping town contributing to its decline.