We’re really excited to launch ‘We Grew Up in Bournemouth and Poole‘, a new online community for everyone who loves this part of Dorset.

In our new Facebook group, we’ll be delving into the archives - both recent and older - to bring you memories of what it was like growing up and living here through the years – whether that be the places we knew and loved, the locations and landmarks that have changed beyond recognition through the decades, as well as the ones that haven’t.

It’s a place to share collective memories of everything from your childhood and school days, through to the places you worked, played, partied and relaxed during your down time.

As well as bringing you collections of people, places and things you might remember, we’ll be reaching out you to share memories of these – and to contribute if you have pictures or information.

Join 'We grew up in Bournemouth and Poole' today

We’ll be covering everything you love and loved about where you live as we look at how things have changed over the years.

Bournemouth Echo:

This will include pubs and clubs, supermarkets and shopping, schools and colleges, roads and railway stations, landmarks and famous sites, festivals and events, Christmas and other special times of the year, theatres and cinemas, parks and leisure centres or the ‘joys’ of our first ever job.

We’ll also dig out a few cringeworthy pics of how we used to dress, including some lovely 80s and 90s fashions you’d probably rather forget.

Bournemouth Echo:

We hope you’ll join us and get involved in the project, and remember to let us know what memories from your glory days you want to see in the group.

We Grew Up in Bournemouth and Poole, so now it’s time to celebrate that. See you there!