From Ed Stewart to Greg Lake: local names among those we lost in 2016

ONE reason we’re not likely to forget 2016 is the sad number of deaths of prominent people.

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Smugglers hiding on clifftops, hidden treasures and shootouts: Bournemouth’s smuggling past revealed

The coastline of Dorset and Hampshire 200 – 300 years ago was as beautiful as it is today, but life was harsher for the seafaring community who lived and worked there. Smuggling became more commonplace on the coast after taxes were massively increased on commodities coming into Britain to improve the country’s struggling finances.

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Forget expensive gadgets, it was all about oranges, sugar mice and family fun: what Christmas day used to look like

WE’VE had a wonderful year here at Looking Back, reading everyone’s memories and sharing stories of times gone by in Dorset.

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Are you snap happy? The BBC wants your photos capturing family history!

PHOTOGRAPHY might be more or less exclusively digital these days but the desire to record family and friends, events and significant moments is the same as it has always been.

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LOOKING BACK: Nativity scenes from times gone by. Recognise anyone?

AS our photographers capture this year’s nativity for a festive special feature in today’s Dorset Echo, here’s a look back to a nativity from years gone by.

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Fire Brigades Union needs your help marking 100 years of fighting for us

DO you have stories, pictures or memorabilia about firefighters?

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Christmas cards from WW1 go on display at library

An exhibition of Christmas cards from the First World War are being displayed at Westbourne Library on Alum Chine Road.

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So proud to be American GI’s son

So proud to be Art’s son

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See how the buildings have changed in Easton, Portland

ANYONE recognise this view of Easton, Portland, from an Edwin Seward picture postcard from 1910?

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Make Do and Send: Nostalgia Letters looks back at how rationing got us putting pen to paper

A BOOK packed with fascinating and amusing nostalgia has been published showing how Britain coped during the war years.

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