LiveMudeford Arts Festival, Swanage Carnival and Regatta Week, Saxon Square refurbishment: Your live guide to Saturday's events

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Summary

  • World War I memorial garden opened at Oakdale Library.
  • Swanage Carnival and Regatta Week begins. Fireworks at dusk on Saturday.
  • Mudeford Arts Festival based around sea creatures and monsters of the deep.
  • Day of events marks multi-million pound refurbishment of Christchurch’s Saxon Square.

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We're going to finish today's live coverage.

Don't forget there are fireworks in Swanage at dusk.

Tomorrow's temperatures are forecast to reach 23.6C, compared with an onofficial 29.3C recorded by our correspondent Jim Smith in Bournemouth today. Brrr!

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Before we wrap up our live coverage, a warning for those travelling west that the A354 Weymouth Way is closed because of a serious incident. It is likely to remain shut for several hours.

 

Our colleagues at the Dorset Echo report that the air ambulance has been called. The road is closed between Chafeys roundabout and Westwey Road.

More updates on our travel feed.

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Bournemouth Echo:

After today's opening of the World War I memorial garden at Oakdale Library, the nice people at Oakdale Fisheries gave a free fish and chip lunch with drinks to the Chelsea pensioners and D-Day veteran Ted Young.

This picture came from Mr Young's grateful family.

 

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Not good news if you're expecting someone on the train from London.
 
Thr 1639 from Waterloo to Poole has been cancelled because of a "train fault" at Waterloo, says South West Trains.
 

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A familiar New Forest bottleneck is experiencing summer Saturday congestion:

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Heavy traffic is being reported in Bournemouth as people head for the beach.

Although there are no reported incidents on the roads, Yellow Buses is among those reporting severe congestion.

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No reported travel problems, but there is slow traffic on the A31 at Ringwood, while the popular seafront areas are getting busy.

 

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Come on in - the water's warmer than in California.

Scientists at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory say strong sunlight and light winds have helped raise sea temperatures in the UK, according to the Daily Telegraph.

At Boscombe yesterday, the water was 20.5C, and at Milford-on-Sea 20.4C.

Santa Monica recorded a comparatively chilly 19.4C.

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Bournemouth Echo:

 

Today it's baking, but not so many hours ago many areas were experiencing a heavy storm. Stacy A Craze-Barnes shared on our Facebook page this picture of a pavement at Hillbourne Road, Poole, which was lifted during heavy rain on Friday evening.

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Bournemouth Echo:

Here's the second of reader Jo Saunders's pictures taken at Hamworthy Park on Friday evening.

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Bournemouth Echo:

Reader Jo Saunders sent us some lovely pictures taken at Hamworthy Park on Friday evening.

 

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Bournemouth Echo:

Some people never seem to get the message about taking their rubbish home. Ben Brown sent us, via our Facebook page, this picture of litter left on the beach on Friday night.

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A domestic garage in West Moors has been wrecked this morning by fire.

Full story here.

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Abraham Young, in that picture by Richard Crease of the opening of the World War I memorial garden, is better known as Ted and you can read his D-Day story here.

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Bournemouth Echo:

Here's the main road to Verwood with smoke drifting over from the fire at Blue Haze landfill site.

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Bournemouth Echo:

 

Pic from Corin Messer of fire engine pumping water from Ebblake Industrial Estate to tackle fire at Blue Haze landfill site.

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Travellers have set up camp at Bournemouth's Slades Farm.  Read the full story here.

 

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That blaze at Blue Haze landfill site is now under control. Updated story here.

 

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No significant travel problems reported this morning, apart from slow-moving traffic on the A31 at Wimborne.

If you know differently, get in touch on newsdesk@bournemouthecho.co.uk or tweet with the hashtag #bmthsummer

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Fire fighters are tackling a serious blaze at Blue Haze landfill site, Verwood. 

It started around 3am and is still not fully under control. Plumes of smoke have been seen across the area.

Read the full story here.

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One news story from overnight: A woman was rescued via a first floor window after fire wrecked her home in Kinson.

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And in case you're wondering, the weather forecast has 0 per cent chance of rain!

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Yesterday afternoon's downpour, which affected some areas much more dramatically than others, has decidedly failed to cool things down. Temperatures are expected to reach 26.7C this morning and 27.3C this afternoon.
 

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Among the events on this morning's diary: Oakdale Library will see the opening of a World War I memorial garden at 10am. Community Service Volunteers came up with the idea as a way of marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.

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We love to see your news and pictures. Just tweet, using the hashtag #bmthsummer, or email newsdesk@bournemouthecho.co.uk

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There's a packed diary of events across Dorset and the New Forest today. We'll be covering as much of it as we can.

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