130 died in five minutes: The 1943 air raid that destroyed the Metropole and Central Hotels and Beales

SEVENTY-five years ago today, Bournemouth people heard aircraft engines and looked up to see a squadron of German planes flying low in the early afternoon sky.

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Why Princess Anne keeps on coming back to Dorset

LAST week we saw the Princess Royal Princess Anne visit the Tank Museum Bovington to open a workshop and visit a restored Second World War Matilda II tank which was named in her honour.

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Story behind sunken ship off Dorset coast

FOR this week’s Looking Back, we will be looking back at the sinking of a ship during the First World War.

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Echo reports help magazine uncover story of ‘chess paralympics’

LATE last year we appealed for information on an international chess tournament which was held in Weymouth in 1968.

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GALLERY: 125 years of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

BOURNEMOUTH Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 125th anniversary this weekend.

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UP, UP AND AWAY…FOREVER: MP lost in balloon tragedy

THIS week we will be looking at a time when Eype made national news due to a bizarre accident involving a gas balloon.

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Past of five-ravaged house with an uncertain future

It’s been more than a year since a devastating fire tore through Parnham House, destroying the Grade I listed stately home.

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When Royal groom-to-be came to Dorset

THERE are just days to go until Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle on Saturday.

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The courageous ‘Boy’ who risked his life to support the D-Day invasion

CONTINUING our series looking at the heroes connected with Portland’s role in D-Day, today we turn our attention to Herbert Gordon Male.

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Echo book’s amazing aerial photos of Dorset

A NEW book from the Daily Echo provides a unique way of seeing how much Dorset has changed over almost 70 years.

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