PICTURES: When Bournemouth’s first Odeon cinema opened 80 years ago

THE FIRST Odeon to open in Bournemouth was 80 years ago this month but it wasn’t granted planning permission straight away and had to prove its worth.

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“He started this place on a wing and a prayer”: celebrating 30 years since Monkey World began

IT’S 30 years since a zookeeper from New York showed up in Dorset with a single-minded determination to build a rescue centre for apes.

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OBTIUARY: Former district nurse and midwife Kathleen Tupper dies aged 85

FORMER district nurse and midwife of the Wareham and Swanage area, Kathleen Tupper, has died at the age of 85.

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The men who trained at Bovington Camp and made the evacuation of Dunkirk possible

THE soldiers rescued from France as portrayed in Christopher Nolan’s movie Dunkirk owed a huge debt to the thrust made by British tanks – and their crews trained in Bovington Camp – five days earlier, writes historian Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

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JANE Ainsworth is searching for any descendants of Alan Reasbeck Potter and his wife Marion (nee Burn) originally from Barnsley in South Yorkshire. They had three children, Margaret who died in 1931, aged four, Edwin (Eddie) Russell born in 1926 and Harry

Are you related to Alan Reasbeck Potter?

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What are your memories of Pineland Laundry?

DEREK Millard is looking for information on the Pineland Laundry which was on the corner of Bournemouth and Alder roads, Branksome, Poole.

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Former Aqua Show compere Stella celebrates her 90th birthday

Stella Markson, former Bournemouth Aqua show compere celebrated her 90th birthday with champagne and chocolates at the Fairways Care Home, Boscombe last week.

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PICTURES: Do you remember the Aqua Shows at Bournemouth Pier Approach Baths?

THIS SUMMER marks the 70th year since the first Aqua Show was held at Bournemouth Pier Approach Baths. Many readers will have happy memories of attending these shows over the years.

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GALLERY: When 12,000 ravers flocked to Matchams for Fantazia Summertime in 1992

It’s gone down in history as one of Bournemouth’s most memorable events.

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Picture of the Day: Bournemouth Bay from Middle Chine but when is it from?

Harry Dipple of Blandford sent in an undated hand painted letter card of Bournemouth Bay from Middle Chine. Can anybody date the picture?

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