PICTURES: Bournemouth’s “lost theatre” where Oscar Wilde, Frankie Howerd and Morecombe and Wise performed

IT has been described as Bournemouth’s “lost theatre”.

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Solomon Troke, Bournemouth’s infamous poacher who became head game keeper

Today most of us will buy our Christmas dinner meat from a supermarket or reputable supplier at a price most families can afford. About 150 years ago a lot of families were much poorer and would get theirs by other means, such as somebody poaching it for them. Poaching on estate land was common.

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Phyllis Edwards, the woman who changed lives: The founder of Diverse Abilities turns 100

IT started with a letter published in the Daily Echo 62 years ago.

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When the world came to resort for chess contest

THANKS to Looking Back reader John Saunders, who responded to our query from Julie Leonard about the chess equivalent of the Paralympics being held in Weymouth in 1968.

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Thomas Hardy was spooked by ghosts at Christmas

FEW writers’ works are as suffused with their native landscape as Thomas Hardy’s, his literature immeasurably drawn from his ‘Wessex’ origins.

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PICTURES: Do you remember these Arndale and Dolphin Centre shops from years gone by?

DID your trips to Poole once include browsing the records and electricals in Rumbelows?

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Picture of the Day: Christmas play at Hill View Junior School circa 1958/59

Ian Ballam sent in a picture of a Christmas play at Hill View Junior School, Bournemouth, taken either in 1958 or 59. The main players were Ian as the King and Suzanne Urquijo as the Queen. The children spent three years in the junior school and the class teacher for the first two years was Pamela Youtman, who became Mrs Stone, and a Mr Holland for the last year. Former pupils in the picture can contact Ian at e.ballam@btinternet.com

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Sylvia Pankhurst: suffragette, socialist and ‘scourge of the empire’

From militant suffragette at the beginning of the 20th century to campaigner against colonialism in Africa after the Second World War, Sylvia Pankhurst dedicated her life to fighting oppression and injustice. Katherine Connelly will examine Pankhurst’s role at the forefront…

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People were terrified of a ghostly vision coming over this Dorset bridge

IN the 18th century, before the advent of ‘Turnpiking’ whereby travellers paid tolls financing the upkeep of the roads, the highways were invariably not fit for purpose, especially in the winter months.

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When the chess equivalent of the Paralympics was held in Weymouth

DID you know that the chess equivalent of the Paralympics were once held in Weymouth?

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