Bournemouth Times & Directory Friday February 12th 1932

I came across this old local newspaper, stuffed with fascinating articles and adverts, all bona-fide 84-year-old actual “as they were printed” bits and bobs.

As it’s a broadsheet and the print tiny, I can’t scan whole pages but here’s the front top sheet top half…


Bournemouth Times 1932 5a

Note the most important feature of the papers of the day…? Cinemas and theatres! Loads of ’em, even in a small coastal tourist town. The population of Bournemouth is far greater these days, and it’s still well-served by live venues, but cinemas tend towards the multiplex – lots of screens, but many of them small in size, unlike the grand old cinemas.

Then there’s this advert!

Bournemouth Times 1932 raleigh adverts

You’ve got the charming period-piece advert design for the famous Raleigh bicycle for under five pounds (a lot of money way back), and just below an advert for a hot new Association Football board game for young sports fans. I wonder why Ho-mO failed to catch on with such a gay-friendly sport…?

Jon Bon Jovi live in Bournemouth 1997

Jon Bon Jovi singing Livin’ On A Prayer King’s Park, Bournemouth 1997 August.

I’ve finally got round to uploading stuff to youtube – and this is the first one. It’s a video I took from the side of the stage (I had work colleagues who organised the Radio One Roadshow each year, who knew I was and am pop mad – they still work for the local Council, as do I – so I got quite up close to special guest star Jon Bon Jovi, flown in the lunchtime live broadcast). Simon Mayo was host, Jon was acoustic, and there was a support live act, 90’s minor popstars The Supernaturals. It was a good day, and the highlight was easily this song….