ONLY days earlier it had been the battle of the dresses as Julia Roberts and Hampshire's Liz Hurley had turned out in London for the premiere of the new British movie Notting Hill.
ROMSEY'S Catherine Gunn was rewarded for reaching the semi-finals of the Samsung Junior Clay Court Challenge at Hemel Hempstead at the weekend.
LORD Romsey's day ticket fishery Longbridge Lakes has been in tremendous form with another string of 100lb plus hauls over the week.
MARKS just off the Needles continue to provide some superb action with a number on unseasonal specimens being landed.
Typhoons are terrorising America at the moment but there was a Whirlwind making its own presence felt at Eastleigh's Fleming Park Leisure Centre last night.
IN THE PAST: A scene from one of Sarah Siddons Fan Club's previous shows
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FUMING Eastleigh council chiefs have lashed out after being labelled Britain's dirtiest borough.
ST LUKES WARD: Conor Burns storms to victory.
A national newspaper placed Eastleigh top of a shame list for the amount of cash spent on street cleaning.
TWINS Carrie and Jo Dobson are sure to be casting their vote early today as the South goes to the polls in the local government elections.
THE Bishop of Winchester has stepped into the row over Saints plans for a new stadium in the heart of Southampton.
SOUTHAMPTON Combined Court Centre had to be evacuated when fire broke out in the bailiffs' room. The cause is being investigated, but it is believed to have been an electrical fault.
HAMPSHIRE Wildlife Trust is to embark on a programme to improve the habitat at one of its most visited sites.
BOMB ALERT: PC Dave Tozer with resident Sue Simpson.
CONTROVERSIAL cinema Harbour Lights will be used as a conference centre as well as a film theatre when it re-opens in the autumn.
Gunn missed out on a final place when she lost 6-4 6-3 to Sarah Wright from Nottingham.
ALDERSHOT goal machine Gary Abbott scored with the last flick of the game to cap a Hampshire Senior Cup final sickener for Basingstoke Town at The Dell last night.
HAT HAPPY: Hassan Kachloul with some of the internet Saints.
THE Daily Echo today gives schools across the South the opportunity to share in a book bonanza.
City slickers: The team form Chandlers Ford
INTREPID: Teenager Richard Burgess
Master PIECE: Mary Montagu in a beautifuly refurbished room.
HIT IT BOYS: Lisa Stansfield and Hugo Speer in Swing
NIGHTMARE: The cast dig up the past again in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.
WHATS ON - The Big Screen AMERICAN HISTORY X (18): Edward Norton turns neo-Nazi when his father is murdered - Odeon, Southampton.
WHATS ON - Stage
Little Forest Lodge, Ringwood
PIZZA TO GO: Saeid Esfandiari serves up Rocco's finest.
THE name has changed but the concept remains the same at this former Pierre Victoire restaurant. The menu, which changes daily, only offers a limited choice but what there is is imaginative, well presented and rea-sonably priced.
SET sail for St Mary's College in Bitterne Park when the stage will be filled with a cast of 80 students - and a parrot - for a swashbuckling adventure.
DANCER Daire Nolan would probably have jumped off a cliff if Michael Flatley had built that into his plans for Lord of the Dance. Not that Daire - who plays the Evil Dark Lord in the show - is a weak-willed follower, it is just Michael has an almost unique power.
WIMBLEDON today issued a blunt Stay Away warning to ticketless Saints fans preparing to head for Dellhurst Park.
CHEQUING IN: Sylvia Moulton (second from right), patron of South Hampshire Nurses Appeal and chairman of Macmillan Cancer Relief (Southampton area) receives cheques from Julie Harding, Matthew Alford, Ted Grubb and Teresa McCartney who all walked the Macmillan Way.