WHILE we wait for spring to deliver us some dryer, warmer weather, the Echo looks back at a lovely summer in Poole - that of 1983.

While these pictures were being snapped locally The Rolling Stones signed a new contract with CBS Records on August 20. At $28 million, it was the largest contract in history up to that time.

A press statement was released by Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon of The Clash on September 1, announcing that Mick Jones had been fired from the group.

Bournemouth Echo: Pictures of summer in Poole in 1983.

The first Now compilation album was released on November 28. Among the many hits on the double record/ cassette tapes were You Can’t Hurry Love by Phil Collins, Red Red Wine from UB40 and Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart.

The best-selling single in the UK was Culture Club’s Karma Chameleon and the top-selling album was Thriller by Michael Jackson.