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End of an era as Gary Parsons parks up his fleet of trucks

AFTER half a century in the haulage industry it is the end of the road for New Milton-based contractor Gary Parsons as he reires at the age of 70. His fleet of blue lorries have...
Frank Coombes obituary

Frank Coombes: accountant who wrote book about the war for his grandchildren

A GRANDFATHER with distinguished wartime service and aviation career who spent much of his retirement actively involved in local organisations has died just a month before his 101st birthday. Frank Reginald Coombes and Ivy, the...
Noel Gallagher Lymington ferry

Crew lets Noel Gallagher rock and roll with it on the Lymington ferry

ROCK legend Noel Gallagher took the helm after stepping aboard Wightlink’s Lymington to Yarmouth ferry ahead of appearing at the Isle of Wight Festival. The former Oasis guitarist joined the captain and crew on board...
Boris Johnson

Letters: Boris Johnson would be good company – but a bad prime minister

Sir - I was interested to see that our two New Forest MPs are backing Boris Johnson for PM. Their assessments of him are quite glowing and I cannot understand why. My impression of him...

Letters: Disbelief at council merger opponents’ u-turn over new authority

SIR - I read with disbelief the comments by Cllr Lesley Dedman in the local press recently. She campaigned vigorously against the BCP merger for some considerable time, wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds. A...
Yvonne King obituary

Yvonne King: former New Forest magistrate and longtime yacht club member

A FORMER New Forest magistrate and longstanding member of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club has died aged 91. Yvonne King spent most of her childhood in Canford Cliffs, Bournemouth, and was educated at Talbot Heath...
Ron Evans obituary

Ron Evans: veteran survived Blitz and one of Second World War’s bloodiest battles

A VETERAN who survived one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War and later went on to install the heating system for a young Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, has died aged...
D-Day

‘We were frightened but had to do our duty’ – D-Day veterans tell their...

LOCAL Second World War veterans have shared wartime tales about their experiences of D-Day to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the landings. Codenamed Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy took place on 6th June 1944...
New Forest fire

New Forest Notes: Are we facing a fiery future from global warming?

THE recent reports of fires in the Forest over the Easter weekend raise some interesting questions about our vulnerability to fire once climate change really starts to bite. My own impression is that in recent...

Rita Ora delivers for the fans as Phoenix tour lights up the BIC

RITA ORA is a star who really delivers. No miming for her, no shoddy dancing, no relying on special effects to boost her stage show. Instead Rita gave fans exactly what they wanted: pure, brilliant entertainment....
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