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Thursday 22 March | The Bournemouth Bugle

Giant deckchair on Bournemouth Beach

Tim Heap

What’s red and white striped, bigger than a double-decker bus and weighs more than a fully-grown elephant? It may sound like a bad joke, but in fact it’s set to be the world’s largest deckchair on record, of course. The mammoth chair is arriving on Bournemouth beach today to celebrate the start of British Summer Time ahead of the clocks going

forward this weekend, signalling the start of the warmer months. At eight and a half metres tall, five and a half metres wide, and weighing six tonnes, the sculpture is bound get plenty of attention over the next few weeks from tourists. It is being measured to enter into the world record books. The deckchair is sponsored by Pimm’s and was designed by Stuart Murdoch, an award winning sculptor from Cornwall.

Senior brand manager for Pimm’s, Emma Sherwood-Smith, has stressed that people’s safety is a top priority. “We have two security staff here manning the deckchair to make sure people are enjoying it in the sunshine but aren’t climbing on it.” Lee Barrett, a construction worker who helped to build the deckchair, described it as, “time consuming but worth it”. “Five people worked on the steel

project, and we’ve been working since three in the morning to put it up and get it all good and ready for today. It looks great, everyone is going to love it.” The weekend’s looking to be sunny with highs of around 15 degrees celsius, so there’ll be plenty of opportunity to get down to the beach and have a look for yourself – the deckchair will be next to Bournemouth Pier, although it’s unlikely to be hard to spot.

BU journalism course shines

The award-winning multimedia journalism course at Bournemouth University opened its Hall of Fame today today to showcase past graduates’ successes. It also received re-accreditation from the National Council for the Training of Journalism, proving that it is still a top degree course.

Beach hut boom

Record sales and rentals of beach huts have been reported this year, following a general decline over the last decade thanks to bad British weather and cheap air fares. Website saw a 185% increase in business last season compared to 2010.

Olympic torch to visit town

The Olympic torch will spend the night in Bournemouth on its two day leg through the county. On 13 July the town will host one of the 66 evening celebrations before it heads off to Christchurch the day after. The Dorset route will begin in Shaftesbury.

Dorset area code for local calls Ofcom have confirmed that Dorset residents will soon need to dial the area code when making local phone calls due to a shortage of available numbers. Current calculations predict that numbers will run out by 2016 at this rate. The 01202 area code covers Christchurch to Poole. Pimm’s O’Clock: the bus-sized iconic British deckchair arrived on Bournemouth beach today just in time for a warm March weekend. Getty images

Liver disease low in South West despite overall national rise Tim Heap Deaths from liver disease have risen by 25 % across England in the last decade, but the rise in the South West is amongst the lowest. British Liver Trust spokesperson Sarah Wise said that the healthcare system is failing liver patients. “People are dying very young from liver disease and they’re not getting identified early enough. The average age of death for something like heart disease is 82 whereas for liver disease it’s 59.” According to the report by the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network, the total number of deaths caused by liver disease rose from 9,231 in 2001 to 11,575 in 2009. The worst affected area is the

North West, with 24 deaths per 100,000 people compared to just 14 per 100,000 in the South West. Mrs Wise says that this is just a sign of general health inequalities in England: “A lot of it is down to areas of deprivation and you have a significantly different drinking culture down in the South West in comparison with the North West.” The report also shows that men are more affected than women. Liver disease takes five to ten years to develop, and the British Liver Trust predict that the death toll will increase further before it gets any better due to continued high levels of alcohol consumption and rising levels of obesity. For more information, please visit or

Uni protestors to be evicted

The Occupy Bournemouth demonstrators who have been camped outside the back of Bournemouth University have been given 48 hours to leave. The Talbot Village Trust own the land and sought legal permission to evict them. The protestors have been camped at the university for several weeks.

Memorial for Red Arrow pilot revealed

Pricing and promotion of alcohol is part of the problem, as well as viral hepatitis says Sarah Wise from the British Liver Trust. Getty images

The deisgn for a memorial to the late Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging will be unveiled today at Bournemouth Library. The Red Arrow pilot died after his plane crashed when heading back to the airport after a show in the Bournemouth Air Festival last August. Two pupils from Kinson Primary School won a competition to design the memorial, which will be displayed on Bournemouth’s East Cliff. Jon’s widow Emma and his mother Dawn will also contribute to the design.

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NCTJ subbing coursework. Words and design by myself, based on the style of the university newspaper The Bournemouth Rock.

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NCTJ subbing coursework. Words and design by myself, based on the style of the university newspaper The Bournemouth Rock.