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Fran Williams

Robin Mills went to Lyme Regis to meet Fran Williams. This is her story. ‘My family weren’t originally from Bridport; we moved there when I was very young. My Dad was a teacher with young people who had behavioural difficulties. A striking memory I have from that age, of about 7, was going to a bakery in Bridport with a Jamaican friend, standing in a queue for a long time and not being served. When we got back to the car Dad asked where the doughnuts were, and when we said ...

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Laurence Anholt

Julia Mear met Laurence Anholt at his home in Colyton. This is his story. ‘I’m generally a cheerful person so I’d like to think I didn’t make too much fuss when I was born on 4th August 1959 in Barnet. In theory that makes me a ‘Norf Lund’ner’ but it’s a bit more complicated than that because my father was a Dutchman with family roots stretching all the way back to Persia. My siblings, Alison, Danny, Simon and I spent our early years in Holland and we went to little Dutch schools. ...

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Mitch Norman

Robin Mills went to Bridport to meet musician Mitch Norman. This is his story. My family came from Swindon, Wiltshire, to Bridport when I was a boy. My parents bought a snack bar in South Street, which was the only place in town with a juke box and pinball machine. The records on the juke box were changed every week according to the hit parade, so that was how I developed my interest in popular music. My brother had an old jazz guitar, and he left it lying around, so of ...

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Havana Marking

Robin Mills went to Toller Whelme, Dorset, to meet film maker Havana Marking. I was born in the original Charing Cross Hospital, which was proper central London, on the Strand. I grew up in the West End, when the West End was very unlike it is today; when Covent Garden was still a market and there were lots of secret alleyways for us kids to have a great time exploring and having fun in. I really enjoyed growing up in London, but I was very lucky to have Dorset links. My ...

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James Crowden

Robin Mills went to Winsham, Somerset, to meet writer James Crowden. This is his story. “I was born in January 1954 in Stoke Damerel, a roughish bit of Plymouth overlooking Devonport Dockyard. Father was in the Navy and ended up as chief engineer of Ark Royal. So I was brought up in Tavistock and discovered that both places were deeply associated with my ancestors 200 years ago. One, an Irish gunner in the Napoleonic Wars, called Dennis Crowden, a bit of a rebel, got flogged off Madras for drunkenness and insolence ...

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