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Hollywood star Ricky Gervais has links to Dorset. Fact.

Bournemouth Echo:

2:30pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A GENEALOGIST with a keen interest in celebrity family trees has traced the ancestors of one of the nation’s most famous comedy performers to an area of rural Dorset.

Singer Al Stewart remembers his teenage years in Wimborne and Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo:

12:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

HE has achieved huge success as a singer-songwriter and has – by his own reckoning – made and lost a million dollars three times.

It’s back after 100 years – why we love the Bournemouth Children’s Festival

Bournemouth Echo:

2:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

BOURNEMOUTH’S Children’s Festival is back this month – after a slight hiatus of 100 years.

Life on Cozins Farm: old photos to go on display at free exhibition

Bournemouth Echo:

2:12pm Friday 11th July 2014

ON Saturday Ray Cozins and Hazel Thorby will be exhibiting old photographs of Bournemouth at St Thomas Community Hall Strawberry Fair in Ensbury Park.

Ten years of Bourne Free: How celebration of diversity became one of Bournemouth’s biggest events

Bournemouth Echo:

12:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

IT started as a reaction to anti-gay sermons being preached in Bournemouth Square.

50 years since trains ran through Wimborne

Bournemouth Echo: EXHIBITION: Priest’s House Museum assistant curator James Webb in the museum’s ‘Railway Booking Office’

3:00pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

THE days when Wimborne had a busy railway station are fast receding into history.

Mr Selfridge’s life at Highcliffe Castle

Bournemouth Echo: TAKE A LOOK: Mr Selfridge, centre, pictured during a beauty competition held in the grounds of Highcliffe Castle

11:00am Wednesday 18th June 2014

TWO series of the ITV1 drama Mr Selfridge have interested millions of people in one of the retail trade’s most colourful characters.

Dorset from above: four fascinating aerial pictures of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch

Bournemouth Echo: Picture: English Heritage www.britainfromabove.org.uk

11:00am Wednesday 11th June 2014

FOR the first time we are able to share four stunning historic aerial shots from various locations across Dorset with you.

D-Day - coverage of the 70th anniversary commemorations in Dorset

Bournemouth Echo: THE LONGEST DAY: Were you or a member of your family involved in the D-Day invasions. If so the Guardian would like to here from you.

9:31am Friday 6th June 2014

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Follow live coverage of commemorative events as well as stories from some of our local veterans.

VIDEO: D-Day veteran Eric Steele: 'I can still name all the friends I lost in the Normandy landings'

Bournemouth Echo: D-Day veteran Eric Steele: 'I can still name all the friends I lost in the Normandy landings'

6:00am Friday 6th June 2014

ERIC Steele can still list the names of the friends he lost in the Normandy landings 70 years ago.

VIDEO: "We were given French money and told to make wills" - Stanley Hartill's memories of D-Day

Bournemouth Echo: Stanley Hartill

5:00am Friday 6th June 2014

SHORTLY before D-Day, Stanley Hartill remembers his unit being issued with French money and encouraged to make wills.

D-Day: a timeline of how events unfolded 70 years ago

Bournemouth Echo: THE LONGEST DAY: Were you or a member of your family involved in the D-Day invasions. If so the Guardian would like to here from you.

12:00am Friday 6th June 2014

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, here's a look back at how events unfolded.

VIDEO: We feared we wouldn't reach the beaches of Normandy - former councillor Phil Carey recalls D-Day

Bournemouth Echo: D-Day veteran Phil Carey

10:00am Thursday 5th June 2014

PHIL Carey recalls wondering whether he would even reach the beaches of Normandy.

VIDEO: Amazing exploits of D-Day veteran Bob Roberts, the second man to set foot on Juno beach

Bournemouth Echo: VIDEO: Amazing exploits of D-Day veteran Bob Roberts, the second man to set foot on Juno beach

10:02am Wednesday 4th June 2014

IF the war experiences of Bob Roberts were made into a film, critics would say the story was unbelievable.

Dorset's key role during D-Day: how the county was involved in the Longest Day

Bournemouth Echo: Typhoon fighter bombers at Holmsley

10:32am Wednesday 4th June 2014

IT was 1941. After the shock of the Blitzkreig, the retreat at Dunkirk and the triumph of the Battle of Britain, the Allies were now planning for the big offensive to strike back at Germany.

History from a Bournemouth clifftop: how Eisenhower and Montgomery observed D-Day preparations in Poole

Bournemouth Echo: General Dwight Eisenhower and Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery at Carlton Hotel

10:42am Wednesday 4th June 2014

THEY were two of the most important figures of World War Two.

Father's role as fireman in Poole in preparations for D-Day

Bournemouth Echo: Father's role as fireman in Poole in preparations for D-Day

10:52am Wednesday 4th June 2014

A POOLE man has told of the role his father played as a fireman in the town as D-Day arrived.

Guided walk to mark D-Day anniversary

Bournemouth Echo: Guided walk to mark D-Day anniversary

10:49am Wednesday 4th June 2014

RESPECTED local historian John Walker and former Daily Echo photographer Hattie Miles are hosting a guided walk to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Windows smashed, elderly "terrorised" and chaos in the streets: day the mods and rockers clashed in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: Windows smashed, elderly "terrorised" and chaos in the streets: day the mods and rockers clashed in Bournemouth

11:47am Wednesday 28th May 2014

THE Whitsun bank holiday 50 years ago saw Britain in shock at what was going on in some of its seaside resorts.

A look back on 50 years of the Henry Brown Youth Club in West Howe

Bournemouth Echo: Early days of Henry Brown Youth Centre in West Howe

10:33am Wednesday 14th May 2014

FOR the last 50 years relationships lasting a lifetime have been built at the Henry Brown Youth Club.

Golden Age of rock and pop concerts sparks feedback from readers

Bournemouth Echo: Golden Age of rock and pop concerts sparks feedback from readers

10:42am Wednesday 14th May 2014

OUR article about some of Bournemouth and Poole’s greatest rock and pop gigs prompted a number of readers to get in touch.

The many faces of Bournemouth Square - how the heart of the town has changed over the years

Bournemouth Echo: The many faces of Bournemouth Square - how the heart of the town has changed over the years

10:24am Wednesday 7th May 2014

THE current argument about whether cyclists should be allowed to cross Bournemouth Square illustrates just how important the area is to the town.

Beatlemania, glam rock and Britpop - just some of the music names to have appeared in Bournemouth and Poole

Bournemouth Echo: Beatlemania, glam rock and Britpop - just some of the music names to have appeared in Bournemouth and Poole

9:40am Wednesday 30th April 2014

BEATLEMANIA, glam rock, punk, Britpop... all of them made a big impact in Dorset.

Do you remember Orange Oblivion?

Bournemouth Echo: Do you remember Orange Oblivion?

9:49am Wednesday 30th April 2014

Does anyone remember the Orange Oblivion in the 1970s?

A decade of drama on show: Meet Leslie Williams who brought drama to lives of Bournemouth youngsters

Bournemouth Echo: A decade of drama on show: Meet Leslie Williams who brought drama to lives of Bournemouth youngsters

10:48am Wednesday 16th April 2014

FIFTY years ago, a theatre project began in Bournemouth that was to be life-changing for many of the people involved.

Do you recognise anyone in darts team?

Bournemouth Echo: Do you recognise anyone in darts team?

10:54am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Recognise anyone in this photograph of a darts team at the Dolphin Pub in Kinson taken in the 1950s.?

The true story of how American banking giant JP Morgan came to Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: The site during construction in 1987

10:22am Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE inside story of how a last-minute deal was hammered out to bring an American banking giant to Bournemouth can be told for the first time.

Can you help with information about the Saugeen School in Bournemouth?

Bournemouth Echo: Can you help with information about the Saugeen School in Bournemouth?

12:06pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

John Stimson wondered if readers have any information on the Saugeen School in Bournemouth.

Facebook group revives memories of Bournemouth and Poole

Bournemouth Echo: Weston's Bakery shared by Liz Cutler_Calvert

10:23am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A FACEBOOK group has become a massively popular forum for people to enjoy old pictures of Bournemouth and Poole.

Do you recognise these ladies?

Bournemouth Echo: Do you recognise these ladies?

10:32am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Miss HK Bright-Chard, of Highgate, London, sent in this photograph of a NALGO social event she thinks was held at the East Anglia Hotel in Bournemouth in 1959.

Calling all photographers - your pictures needed for next Daily Echo Dorset book

Bournemouth Echo: Calling all photographers - your pictures needed for next Daily Echo Dorset book

11:33am Wednesday 26th March 2014

After the success of the Daily Echo’s Dorset books, this year we are producing a book picturing the changes to the Dorset landscape, featuring a selection of nostalgic Dorset landscape, town and village scenes over the years coupled with how the same image/ landscape looks today.

A forgotten tragedy: 70th anniversary of RAF Halifax bomber crash in Moordown

Bournemouth Echo: A forgotten tragedy: 70th anniversary of RAF Halifax bomber crash in Moordown

11:13am Wednesday 26th March 2014

LAST Friday marked the 70th anniversary of a horrific tragedy which shook wartime Bournemouth but was largely forgotten over the ensuing decades.

Do you recognise these young chefs?

Bournemouth Echo: Do you recognise these young chefs?

11:24am Wednesday 26th March 2014

These youngsters certainly look the part of professional chefs in their smart white uniforms and tall hats.

How the council’s dismissal of the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra resulted in birth of the BSO

Bournemouth Echo: Music librarian Barry Meehan with a bust of Sir Charles Groves and his baton

12:00pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

SIXTY years ago, it looked as though Bournemouth’s days as the home of a world-class orchestra might be over.

Former Bournemouth West MP Lord Eden's memories of 60 years in Parliament

Bournemouth Echo: Former Bournemouth West MP Lord Eden's memories of 60 years in Parliament

10:41am Wednesday 12th March 2014

“MR Eden’s nephew chosen for ‘West’,” ran the Echo’s front page headline on January 23 1954.

Do you know who these party-goers from Broadstone are?

Bournemouth Echo: Do you know who these party-goers from Broadstone are?

11:22am Wednesday 12th March 2014

Gordon Elsworth from Poole sent in this picture which has been a mystery to him for many years.

When the River Stour froze for three months - the Big Freeze of 1962-63 in pictures

Bournemouth Echo: n Geoffrey and Richard Adams walk on the frozen River Stour at Christchurch during the cold spell of 1963 – the river was frozen over from Boxing Day 1962 and didn’t thaw until early March 1963

12:30pm Wednesday 5th March 2014

THE winter of 1962-63 saw a big freeze that was not only colder than anything in modern memory but also went on longer.

Killer winds strike area - how Dorset suffered after gales and storms through the ages

Bournemouth Echo: Scaffolding beside Nelson Court in Poole collapsed during gales of 1987

11:00am Wednesday 5th March 2014

HIGH winds spell severe danger in coastal and forest areas.

Looking back at Marion's links with Wimborne and Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: Marion Ricketts (nee Game) pictured in 2012

5:33pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

One lady whose family has had links with Wimborne and Bournemouth for many years is Mrs Marion Ricketts (nee Game) of Pamphill, Wimborne.

Can you identify location of Weston's Ltd bakery in photograph?

Bournemouth Echo: Can you identify location of Weston's Ltd bakery in photograph?

2:14pm Friday 21st February 2014

Elizabeth Cutler-Calvert of Kinson, Bournemouth is appealing to readers to help solve the mystery of a photograph she has of Weston’s ( F.Wilkins ( 1930 ) Ltd ) bakery that belonged to her mother Mrs Linda Cutler (nee Seymour ) when she was manageress of the shop.

When the 'super cinema' came to Bournemouth: how the Westover Road cinemas have changed

Bournemouth Echo: The gala re-opening of Bournemouth's Gaumont Cinema. Picture from Guy Walker.

1:15pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

THERE have been state-of-the-art cinemas in Bournemouth’s Westover Road practically as long as there have been talking pictures.

Do you have any pictures of Christchurch Rugby Football Club from 1950s and 60s?

Bournemouth Echo: Do you have any pictures of Christchurch Rugby Football Club from 1950s and 60s?

5:00pm Thursday 6th February 2014

Tom O’Reilly is looking for information and photographs of Christchurch Rugby Football Club from the 1950s and 60s.

Bournemouth's hairdresser to the stars: life of George Fairweather remembered

Bournemouth Echo: Local historian John Walker with article about George Fairweather

8:22am Thursday 6th February 2014

THE showbiz pictures on these pages once adorned the walls of Bournemouth’s hairdresser to the stars.

Do you have any photos of the old Longfleet School in Poole?

Bournemouth Echo: Do you have any photos of the old Longfleet School in Poole?

8:32am Thursday 6th February 2014

Does anyone have photographs of the old Longfleet School on Longfleet Road in Poole?

Poole’s fabulous flying boats: author’s new book tells story of the Imperial Airways wartime service

Bournemouth Echo: magnificent: Leslie Dawson standing by the plaque at the Salterns Hotel which commemorates its links with the flying boats

12:00pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

AT the height of the Battle of Britain, there was only one way a civilian could fly in or out of Britain.

WWI and D-Day: can you help us commemorate military anniversaries?

Bournemouth Echo: ON THE MOVE: Commandos moving inland from the beaches to their first objective after landing in Normandy

12:00pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014

THE Daily Echo is planning to commemorate two hugely significant military anniversaries – and we need to hear from you.

Poole Sea Cadets of the past urged to come forward to help celebrate 75th birthday

Bournemouth Echo: ON THE MARCH: Sea Cadets at Plymouth Hoe in 2010. Below, Poole unit inspection in 1940

12:00pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014

AN APPEAL has gone out for former Poole Sea Cadets to help the unit celebrate its 75th birthday in February.

Happy birthday to you: grand art deco Daily Echo building celebrates 80th birthday

Bournemouth Echo: Lit up at night

10:42am Wednesday 15th January 2014

EIGHTY years ago today, a grand new building became the home of the Echo.

Do you remember the day AFC Bournemouth defeated the mighty Manchester United?

Bournemouth Echo: Do you remember the day AFC Bournemouth defeated the mighty Manchester United?

10:56am Wednesday 8th January 2014

“AFC Bournemouth manager Harry Redknapp and his players are today still basking in the glory of creating a soccer sensation which made them the most famed footballers in the land.”

When the Beatles came to town: why 1963 was a "lightning year" for Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: When the Beatles came to town: why 1963 was a "lightning year" for Bournemouth

3:37pm Wednesday 18th December 2013

IT was what Jon Kremer calls a “lightning year”.






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