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5 More Famous Names from Bournemouth



Everyone loves to know the famous faces from their hometown. Following our popular last feature, we bring to you a few more celebs from Bournemouth and Poole…

Last October, we put together a list of a few famous people who were born in Bournemouth or Poole. Or at least spent a part of their lives here. It was so popular, and we missed so many, that we thought we’d follow up six months on. A couple of them come from reader suggestions!


Who remembers this famously abrasive celebrity chef? A favourite of cookery shows in the ’70s and ’80s (and long before), whose personal life was far from dull. A number of bigamous marriages, for one thing, plus angering the public in one of her last televised appearances. Did you know that, long before all this, Fanny Cradock, or Phyllis Pechey as was her real name, attended what is now Talbot Heath School? She was based in Bournemouth until 1927, when her family relocated to Wroxham, Norfolk.


Anyone who has enjoyed the BBC’s adaptations of The Night Manager and Little Drummer Girl will surely recognise this name. John le Carré, one the masters of spy fiction, is a born-and-bred local of Poole, though his father had connections in the London criminal underworld. Most notably, the Kray Twins.

Le Carré’s other famous works include Smiley’s People; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Constant Gardener. He has not lived locally for some time, however, having lived in Cornwall for the last 40 years.


Gerald Durrell and his family lived in Bournemouth before moving to Corfu, which would make them famous.

They are one of the most famous families being shown on ITV at the moment. The Durrell family – notably writers Gerald and Lawrence Durrell – also famously lived in Bournemouth before moving to Corfu – the place that would cement their names in history.

However, it was Margaret “Margo” Durrell who returned here after their four years on the Greek island, running a boarding house in Queen’s Park. Her experiences running the house is the subject of her humorous book, Whatever Happened to Margo? She also died here in 2007.


This actress, singer and entertainer began her shot to stardom as a figure skater. And she had many a practice session at her neighbourhood skating rink, which was here in Bournemouth.

Anita Harris was born in Somerset, but moved here when she was seven. And as a fair few readers suggested her name when we missed her off the last list, she is clearly still well-associated with the town.


Famous faces from Bournemouth include broadcaster Tony Blackburn

Credit: Steve Bowbrick

Here’s another name we had suggested a number of times. Radio legend and first ever winner of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Tony Blackburn came to Bournemouth with his family at the age of three.

He was educated at Castle Court School in Corfe Mullen and later at Bournemouth Technical College. He left when he began his careers in both music and broadcasting.




Who did we miss this time? Bet you know some more famous people from Bournemouth, Poole and surrounding areas. Leave us their names in the comments and we’ll try and put them in the next version!

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Bournemouth Repair Café Fighting Throwaway Culture



Images by Dominic Hughes and supplied by Transition Bournemouth

Ahead of the return of Bournemouth Repair Café on Saturday 20th July, I met project lead, Jennie Allen, to find out more about their mission.

Bournemouth repair café is a cog in an international movement of repair cafes striving to resist throwaway culture. Originating from Amsterdam, repair cafes are free meeting places with a base of skilled volunteers, encouraging members of the public to bring in damaged goods for repair. From electricals and textiles to jewellery and furniture, the repair café has you covered.

The Bournemouth repair café is a product of Transition Bournemouth – a local community initiative reducing the impacts of peak oil and climate change. The movement is founded on the belief that working together as communities is where real change takes place, as opposed to individual efforts or waiting for the government to act on issues of concern.


Repairs are often simpler than expected


Project lead Jennie Allen, said:

“The goal is to reduce landfill waste whilst encouraging communities to share at the same time…”

Sharing comes in a variety of forms, including skill sharing, tool sharing and idea sharing. A key objective of the repair café is to pass on knowledge. For instance, those coming in with broken iPhones should leave with the skills to fix them.

“It relates to the idea of a circular economy. People always say ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, but there is a fourth art as well. ‘Repair’ – one that people don’t do as they used to, because of throwaway culture”

A recent study found that one product successfully repaired at a repair café can prevent up to 24 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions. The study echoes the general message implicit in the repair café movement – that the significant barrier to repair is the general public’s lack of necessary skills, rather than irreparable damage to products.


Repair cafés are entirely voluntary, although donations are always welcomed. Donations go towards hiring venues, acquiring new tools and components and covering travel expenses for volunteers. Plus providing refreshments, of course!

Jennie also emphasised that the project should not be viewed as a challenge to local businesses. Rather, they aim to help people become more conscious of sustainable repair practices.


Jennie Allen – Project Lead for Bournemouth Repair Cafe

The event will be held at Bournemouth Library on Saturday 20th July from 2-4pm, in the large meeting room on the second floor.

“We welcome the public to come in with broken items. We will carry out repairs and hopefully teach a thing or two!”

If you are interested, Jennie will welcome you at Bournemouth Library from 2pm tomorrow!

Find out more via the Bournemouth Repair Café Facebook page, or e-mail 

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What’s On: Rosé & Fizz Festival



The festival is hosted by Maison Sax, Ashley Cross, Poole

Following a successful gin celebration, Maison Sax hosts a festival dedicated to all things pink and bubbly…

August kicks off in style this year with Maison Sax in Ashley Cross. They’re hosting their own Rosé and Fizz Festival on the 10th.

The event was announced following the success of their artisan gin festival back in May. It will take place in their huge Provençal garden at the back of this bistro-style restaurant.

English Oak Vineyard are among the local brands showcasing their products, including an array of sparkling wines.

And rosé and bubbly lovers will be very pleased to learn that the event is free to enter. All you need to do is comment “Fizz o’clock” on the event’s Facebook page.

Find out more about Maison Sax in this article, or visit the restaurant’s website

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Stuart Goldsmith to Headline Coastal Comedy



Coastal Comedy presents Stuart Goldsmith

As their season draws to a close, Coastal Comedy has one last high-profile act to share with you…

Award-winning monthly event Coastal Comedy welcomes Stuart Goldsmith this weekend in the last show of their season. The comedian and podcast host will headline the show, taking place on Saturday 13th July at Poole’s Lighthouse Theatre.

Goldsmith has a reputation for smart, accessible stand-up, a natural charm and a quick wit. All this was honed by his early years as a street performer. His act features many up-front revelations about love, sex and romance (among other things), offering plenty of surprises along the way.

Alongside Goldsmith and the event’s founder Adrienne Coles, two other acts will take the Coastal Comedy stage. Opening the show is Rick Kiesewetter, an observational comic with specialist subjects in national identities and stereotypes. And then there’s Johnny Wardlow, part of the BBC New Comedy Awards for three years running.

Coastal Comedy has earned high recognition as one of the best nights out in Bournemouth. This includes the Night Time Award at this year’s BH Stars, plus a finalist in for the Best Night Out Award at 2018’s BAPTAs. Each and every evening never disappoints.

Interested? Get on over to the Coastal Comedy website to book your tickets or visit their Facebook page for more information…

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