The 27-year-old gas fitter from Bournemouth who won the Manx Grand Prix, 50 years ago

Fifty years ago this month in 1966 Bob Farmer, a 27 year old gas fitter from Charminster, was one of only a handful of amateur motorcycle riders from the Bournemouth area to win the lightweight Manx Grand Prix on the Isle of Man, the longest and most notorious circuit in the country.

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Picture of the Day: What do you know about Poole’s Old Quay Tea House?

This picture of the Old Quay Tea House in Poole belongs to Martin Huse.

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LOOKING BACK: Staff reunite to recreate scene of past times at Pullingers

AL MOLO have stepped back in time this month to recreate a photograph from the summer of 1968.

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LOOKING BACK: Turning on the waterworks in the summer of ’76

WE’RE revisiting the summer of 1976 this week as this year marks 40 years since the drought and Dorset surviving the heat of the summer.

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Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy

In this podcast, Julian Harrison discusses Magna Carta’s fascinating history and legacy, focusing on some of the key loans made by The National Archives to the British Library’s ‘Magna Carta’ exhibition in 2015.

Julian Harrison is a curator of Pre-1600 Historical Manuscripts at the British Library, and is also co-curator of ‘Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy’. He is a specialist in medieval history, and is also editor of the Library’s award-winning Medieval Manuscripts blog.

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Picture of the Day: This is Boscombe Hospital’s modernised theatre in 1977

This Saturday the Royal Bournemouth Hospital surgical theatres have an open day from 10am until 4pm.

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Picture of the Day: This is Boscombe Hospital’s modernised theatre in 1977

This Saturday the Royal Bournemouth Hospital surgical theatres have an open day from 10am until 4pm.

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Sailor a lifeline during time in the Merchant Navy

Harry Bennett from Swanage, joined the Merchant Navy in 1942, aged 15. His poem, ‘How It Got There’ was a reminder of the lifeline he and his fellow merchant seafarers provided to both troops and civilians in the Second World War.

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Picture of baby in pram reunited with owner

The photograph of the adorable baby girl in a Silver Cross pram found on Scott Road, Wallisdown and printed in the Echo on August 8 has now been reunited with its owner.

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Memories of Captain Albert Cockle and his sons

Mary Curtis of Wareham contacted the Echo after seeing the article on Captain Albert Cockle printed on August 3. When she was a child she lived in Cellars Farm Road near Solent Road in Southbourne where the captain lived with his two sons Albert and Victor in 1930s.

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