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Category Archives: Dorset Event Photography
A local torch barer named Tim Ellis was posing with an Olympic Torch with his Rowing club team mates in Branded Samsung gear at the Portland Marina on 1st July 2012
We watched on from inside a nearby Cafe and I decided to take some unintrusive photos. I then worked my magic with photoshop and this is what I came up with.
Tim is officially carrying the torch on 12th July 2012
You can find more information about Tim here
Well done Tim, you are an inspiration to us all!
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Well today we went to Maiden Newton in Dorset for the event ‘Maiden Newton At War’. The weather wasn’t too bad and there were a lot of things going on.
We had a great time and I got plenty of snaps of the things going on around, I would recommend Maiden Newton at War event to anyone, its brilliant for all the family.
My Photos of the Event
The following except was taken of the website: http://www.maidennewtonatwar.co.uk
Maiden Newton at War is an event run by ’1940s Maiden Newton’ to raise funds for local charities and good causes.
During the Second World War Maiden Newton was recognised as an important railhead for the D Day preparations. A U.S. Quartermaster’s Store was established and supplied by road and rail. Maiden Newton was also directly linked to the coast by two different railway lines, the Great Western Railway to Weymouth and the Bridport Branch to Bridport and West Bay. Because of this Maiden Newton was turned into an ‘Anti Tank Island’. Hundreds of anti tank blocks were constructed along with anti tank ditches and road blocks to form a ring of obstacles around the village. In addition several ‘Pill Boxes’ and at least one ‘Spigot Mortar’ was also constructed, there is also evidence to suggest that two ‘Flame Fougasse’ booby traps were established in the lanes leading to the village.
In recognition of this important role that Maiden Newton played during WW2 a group of local residents decided to put on an event in June 2008 called Maiden Newton at War. This event attempted to interpret our history both military and civilian with displays, authentic music and battle re-enactments. Maiden Newton was never attacked by German forces, however if Operation Sea Lion, the planned German invasion of England, had taken place then one of the landing forces was tasked to progress along the Bridport Branch Line to Maiden Newton, then onto Bristol via the Great Western Railway. Our battles reflect what might have happened. It was due largely to the efforts of the RAF during the Battle of Britain in 1940 that this invasion never took place and a good deal of uncertainty amongst the commanding officers of the German army, navy and air force. Had they all been able to agree then the story might well have been different.
A second, overwhelmingly successful, event took place in 2010. We were joined by a complimentary event – Armour and Embarkation, which brought a great deal of WW2 armour to West Dorset for the first time since 1945. We also had the privilege of leading the Dorchester Carnival along with Armour and Embarkation. Our battles were bigger and better than ever with a Seafire joining in on the Saturday and Jim Clark’s Sherman tank coming out to play on the Sunday. The quality of the re-enactors was outstanding and we were joined by the ‘Red Ball Express’ for the first time. Maiden Newton at War just gets better and better, we can’t wait for 2012.
I am very fortunate to have met some of our olympic Heroes already and I am looking forward to the Olypic Events being held here in Weymouth & Portland between the 27th July to 12th Auguest 2012.
There will be lots of other events taken place before and after the main Olympic events.
Find out about all the festivals and sports events taking place before and during the Olympic sailing in and around Dorset.
(Information Below from Dorset For You Website)
Events in Dorset during the London 2012 Olympic Games
Not only are Weymouth and Portland hosting the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events, there will also be a live site on Weymouth beach, allowing visitors and locals to watch live and recorded Olympic sports during the London 2012 Olympic games. See locations of events in and around Weymouth.
The Weymouth Bayside Festival will also run throughout the Olympic Games and there are also a total of 80 creative events taking place in Weymouth and Portland for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea.
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The Olympic Torch passed through Dorset on 12, 13 and 14 July 2012, passing within ten miles of over 95% of the population. See the amazing photos submitted by those who lined the streets.
The Olympic sailing events in Weymouth & Portland enable everyone to get involved with the 2012 Olympics. Volunteer, rent a room in your home or watch the events on Weymouth Beach.
The Weymouth Bayside Festival will take place 27 July – 12 August 2012 – the duration of the Olympics. Plus more about the Weymouth Sea Life Tower and the ICCI360 Arena.