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News - 2011

A Dorchester couple who met through their shared love of dance are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary today.

Maurice and Pamela Brake found love after meeting at an old-time dance in the town’s Corn Exchange and married at St Peter’s Church in 1951.

The couple spent all their married lives in Dorchester and carried on dancing together for more than 50 years.

Maurice, 85, was born and bred in the county town and spent 31 years at New Auto Factors wholesalers, where he worked his way up from errand boy to general manager, before spending the last years of his working life as caretaker at Manor Park First School. Pamela, 83, moved to Dorchester from West Lulworth during the Second World War and was working at her parents’ corner shop when she met her future husband.

The couple have one son, Graham, and three grandchildren – David, Helen and Briony.

He said: “Dancing was our main thing really, it was just something we could do together.”

The couple also enjoy spoiling their grandchildren whenever they get the chance.

Pamela said: “We’ve got three lovely grandchildren and they are all a bit special.”

Maurice, who also enjoys indoor bowls, said he has been perfectly happy living in Dorchester his whole life.

He said: “I’ve never been anywhere else really, I’ve never even been to London.

“We just like it and I don’t think anyone can grumble about anything in Dorchester.”

Pamela Brake nee Hardy was born in 1928 and was the daughter of George Frederick Hardy and Elizabeth Best Fooks who married in 1915. She lived in West Lulworth before moving to Dorchester during the war.

Daily Echo - Tuesday 29 March 2011

Man injured in 50ft cliff fall at Lulworth Cove

A 20-year-old man is recovering in hospital following a 50ft fall down a cliff.

The man was saved on Sunday in a joint operation involving the search and rescue helicopter, Lulworth and Wyke Regis coastguard rescue officers and staff at Dorset County Hospital.

Coastguards said the man, who was with three friends, had been trying to climb the cliff on the east side of Lulworth Cove to reach a rock near the top.

He fell and slid 20ft down the cliff face and landed on his back, before falling a further 30ft landing on his feet.

Coastguards said that the man’s friends then climbed down to him before realising they had no mobile phone signal to call for help.

Luckily a member of the public had seen the fall and dialled 999.

Station officer at Lulworth coastguard Kevin Burt said: “He was very lucky.”

BBC News - 28 February 2011

Woman trapped in mud at Lulworth Cove is rescued

A walker was rescued in Dorset when she became stuck up to her thighs in mud.

Emergency services were called on Sunday after the 36-year-old woman became trapped on the east side of Lulworth Cove.

An RNLI lifeboat was used to transport firefighters to the remote part of the cove where they used water jets to clear the mud and free the woman.

Coastguards warned walkers to beware of boggy areas following heavy rainfall in recent weeks.

Watch officer Roger Hoare said: "Walkers should enjoy our coastline but be aware that there are hidden dangers, particularly after recent heavy rains.

"If you're heading out check time and tides and make sure you know where to take extra care."


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Dorset Echo - Thursday 28 July 2011

Dancing through decades together

by Harry Hogger

Pamela and Maurice Brake of Dorchester