How Fred would make sure the Queen’s Christmas message could be heard

AS work gets underway to demolish the radio towers at Rampisham Down on the A356 Maiden Newton to Crewkerne road, we were delighted to hear from reader Ann Tuck.

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Flashback: The day Abba came to Bournemouth – and left a £500 tip

IT came out of the blue – a visit to Bournemouth from four of pop’s biggest superstars who were also very big tippers.

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Keep dancing! Bourne River Morris Men celebrate their 50th anniversary

BOURNE River Morris Men have been celebrating their 50th anniversary. The team was formed in the late summer of 1967 after a visit by some members of the Wessex Traditional Folk Song Club to the Sidmouth Folk Festival where they saw morris and rapper dancing. Returning home to Bournemouth they began to practise with the emphasis on rapper.

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PICTURES: The last days of steam trains from London to Dorset

IT’S half a century since steam trains disappeared from the London to Weymouth line.

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ON TV: Do you recognise these Portlanders from Songs of Praise?

WE happened to stumble across a recording of an episode of Songs of Praise which was filmed on Portland in November 1984 and broadcast in February 1985.

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PUNISHED: Rebels in the Monmouth Rebellion were beheaded; their bodies quartered and their heads and quarters displayed in prominent sites around the area

LAST week we took a fresh look at the Monmouth Rebellion.

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When two musical greats were pictured together in resort pub

HERE are two famous faces photographed together at the Kingswood Hotel in Weymouth.

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Exhibition on anti-slavery campaigner

AN EXHIBITION in Weymouth Library this week tells the story of the Thomas Fowell Buxton monument at Bincleaves Green, Weymouth.

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Was Bournemouth boxing hero Freddie Mills a serial killer?

HE was not only a Bournemouth legend but a national sporting hero, whose death shocked Britain.

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Winton and Moordown Junior School pupils identified

TONY Francis identified many of the children in the 1970 Winton and Moordown Junior School photograph sent in by the Moordown Local History Society and printed on July 5.

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