Begging children, wealthy tourists and camping soldiers – the lively history of Weymouth’s scenic gardens

TODAY we’ve got a bit of a parks special in Looking Back and we’re starting off by taking a look at the history of some Weymouth gardens with a breath-taking view.

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Royal visits won’t be the same again – memories of Prince Philip in Dorset

THE Duke of Edinburgh was 30 years past the traditional retirement age by the time he decided to take it easier.

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Loving life in Weymouth’s green ‘jewel in the crown’ for 10 years

WEYMOUTH’S green spaces are much loved, and Greenhill Gardens have been well visited since they were gifted to the area by the council in 1902.

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Picture of the Day: Bournemouth Transport Inspector circa 1920s or 30s

JOHN Watkins of Poole has two generations of his family who were Bournemouth Transport Inspectors. His grandfather Leonard Watkins worked on the trams and then the trolleybuses and would have worked with Gwen’s father Bill Stride. He was an Inspector when his picture was taken at Christchurch Road, Pokesdown, circa 1920s or 30s. He died in 1954.

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Faces recognised in photo of Bournemouth Transport Bowling Club

DAVID White of Bournemouth recognised his father Reg in Gwen Battrick’s photograph of Bournemouth Transport Bowling Club printed on May 5.

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PICTURES: When Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent played a small Christchurch hut

LONG before arena tours and stadium gigs, a humble former Army hut once put Mudeford firmly on Britain’s musical map.

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Picture of the Day: Can you solve mystery of where this was taken?

Gordon Mundy of Southbourne sent in a photograph he found among family paperwork. It was with other pictures that are of the Bournemouth area taken in the 1940s and 50s but this one is a bit of a mystery as he has no idea where it is.

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The Harry Lester show and its singing starlets

WE’VE had an overwhelming response from Looking Back readers after featuring Matthew Solomons’ request to find out more about his late mother Dora’s time as Miss Weymouth in 1953.

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A sight many dream of – Weymouth’s fairy lights going up!

LOOKING Back had a very enlightening visit from George Pering recently.

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Baby boomer’s school day memories of pink custard, chocolate cracknell and preparing for the dreaded 11 plus!

BARBARA Davis, nee Drew, has sent us some of her memories of attending Cerne Abbas village school in the 1950s.

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