• It's only rock and roll

    STEVE Elson has one of the best jobs in the world - and he likes it, likes it, yes, he does. Through his alter-ego Nick Dagger, lead singer of The Counterfeit Stones, Elson is living the dreams of all Rolling Stones fans. He knows it too. Next to being

  • Singers share musicianship with the Benedictine monks

    THE King's Singers will perform in the glorious setting of Douai Abbey at the weekend. At 7.45pm on Saturday, the home of a flourishing community of Benedictine monks will host a programme of intimate and spiritual music by Byrd, Gesualdo, Poulenc, Lasso

  • Brown cut teeth on The Nash Ensemble

    IAN Brown considers himself a very lucky man in a precarious industry. For his second proper music-related job ever, he landed a spot with the prestigious Nash Ensemble - and has been there ever since. "It's 26 years, this year," he reminisces. "But the

  • St John's complete double

    ST JOHN'S Primary School regained the title at an annual six-a-side football tournament organised by Queen Mary's College students. The primary schools winners in 2002 came up against Rucstall, their successors as holders, in this year's final. St John's

  • Sponsor rescues Luke's biking bid

    A MOTORCYCLING season that looked over before it began has been rescued by a sponsor. Luke Lambert, from Basingstoke, has just signed a sponsorship deal which will enable him to complete his racing season in the competitive Virgin Mobile Yamaha R6 Cup

  • Win remains elusive

    BASINGSTOKE and North Hants skipper Lee Nurse was frustrated that his side didn't seal their first Home Counties premier division one victory of the season at Finchampstead. The visitors, having lost the toss and been put into bat, made 213 in 61.2 overs

  • Prudent Rupert's policy applauded

    SAINTS chairman Rupert Lowe's financial strategy has been praised by a leading sports business group. Lowe has always run the St Mary's club along prudent lines, championing a more cautious approach rather than sanctioning massive spending sprees. And

  • Time's running out for FA Cup final ace

    TIME is running out for Chris Baird to commit his future to Saints. The FA Cup final hero's current contract expires at the end of this month, but he is yet to sign an offered one-year extension to that deal. Baird was disappointed to be frozen out of

  • Saints may move in for 'Jitterbug'

    SAINTS could be weighing up a move for American international DaMarcus Beasley. Sources in America say the 22-year-old left winger, who currently plays for Chicago Fire in the MLS, has been tracked by Saints for some time and that the club are considering

  • Marsden is back but Owls lose interest in Vase hero

    EX-SAINTS skipper Chris Marsden is targeting promotion to the First Division with fallen giants Sheffield Wednesday next season. The 35-year-old midfielder, who made 118 league starts for Saints in a near five-year spell with the club, has returned to

  • Date set for liner's maiden voyage

    Arcadia, Southampton's new £200m superliner, will leave the city's Mayflower Terminal in the Western Docks for her maiden voyage on April 14 next year. The announcement by city based P&O Cruises comes as tickets for Arcadia's inaugural season, featuring

  • Thornycroft has a history

    Sir.-With reference to my recent letter about a possible statue on the Thornycroft roundabout, and the subsequent letter from Frances Hughes, I agree with the lady in calling for better publicity about what is inside Milestones. But let us remember Thornycroft

  • Ticket issue

    Sir.-At the weekend I went to Milestones to look at the steam engines and other historic vehicles on display. I was most disappointed to find that, in order to have access to these, I would have to buy a ticket for £6.50 which included entrance to the

  • Silchester

    FETE: On Saturday, June 12, from 1pm to 4pm with a barbecue from 12.30pm. Come along and join the fun, games and stalls. Take part in the circus workshop and learn how to juggle, stilt walk, spin plates and much more. The Silchester School Band will be

  • Old Basing

    YOU have just 15 days to get your entry into the carnival procession up and running. This year the theme is musicals. THERE is money up for grabs. The old Lychpit Residents Association has to be formally wound up and there is a small amount of money left

  • Oakridge/South View

    COUNCILLORS: They are working hard to improve life in Oakridge and South View, in particular by trying to solve the problems of heavy lorries parking outside Tesco in Oakridge Road. Your councillors are also looking at parking problems in South View,

  • Oakley

    OAKLEY Woodlands Group:Marked World Environment Day on Saturday with the first day of a week of charcoal burning. Funded by the Environment Action Earth initiative, this is an opportunity to learn about the ancient skill of making charcoal from coppiced

  • Kingsclere

    GORDON Ingram: Sadly, Gordon is no longer with us, after a lifetime of contribution to the quality of life in Kingsclere. I understand the funeral is likely to be on Thursday. SKATE ramp: The parish council has reluctantly decided to chain-off the ramp

  • Hook

    TRANSIT: Remember to get up early on Tuesday to see the transit of Venus, when it will be directly between the earth and the sun. Starting at 6.19am and finishing at 12.23pm, this is the first chance to see the transit in Britain since 1283. When Captain

  • Hatch Warren

    ELECTIONS: A reminder that the elections for the European Parliament and the borough council both take place next Thursday, June 10. Standing for election to the local council on Thursday in Hatch Warren and Beggarwood are two very well-known faces. Jenny

  • Dummer

    SPRING cleaning? Don't throw it away. One man's rubbish is another's art deco. Book a table at the Grand Car Boot Sale being held at Dummer Down on Sunday, July 4, and convert your unwanted treasures into cash. Ticket price for pre-booking only is £8

  • Brookvale

    AGM success: Brookvale Community Association will continue for another year. During the AGM, several residents came forward to become the new committee for the year. The two mandatory positions for all charity committees are treasurer and secretary. Though

  • Brighton Hill

    STAGE news: Stage school students were keen to take part in auditions on Saturday, May 15. The auditions were for a variety of roles for a Free Choice Review. On the last day of the summer term, Saturday, July 17, at 7pm, the review will be presented

  • Bramley

    BRAMLEY Scout Group: The group is looking for an Akela, but no offers have yet been received to take over from Tracey who retires in July. In April, she was presented with a special "Wood Beads" award by the district commissioner. Tracey will be missed

  • Review: Impressive crossover band

    Kissmet, Talking Heads, Southampton THEY were dancing to the music of a different drum at The Heads when Kissmet played a set - three different drums to be accurate. The six-piece Anglo-Asian band incorporated traditional drums, tabla and dhol in their

  • Review: Never too old to sing about youth

    Engelbert Humperdinck, Mayflower Theatre, THE 68-year-old, centre stage at the Mayflower, sang They Tried To Tell Us We're Too Young - and they loved it. A packed audience - mainly female it has to be said - couldn't get close enough. As the notes of

  • Review: Ash are back - better than ever

    Ash, Portsmouth Guildhall WHEN a band walks on stage with the lead singer's guitar ablaze then you know you are in for a good gig. Follow that entrance with the thunderous title track of their new album Meltdown and the anthemic Girl from Mars and Ash

  • Players get a special service

    FOUR Totally Tennis players qualified to compete in the British Tennis Coaches Association Under-13 Player Plus Tournament. It's the only tournament of its kind where coaches are allowed on court with their players to give advice at the change of ends

  • Walkers step out for Jo's Big Beanie

    HUNDREDS of people are lining up to take part in a sponsored walk in memory of domestic violence victim Joanne Guy. Organisers of the event, taking place at Netley's Royal Victoria Country Park next month, have been inundated with potential participants

  • Beer fest goes down a treat

    REAL ale fans downed thousands of pints when Southampton's annual beer festival returned for the eighth year. Around 3,000 thirsty punters flocked to the Guildhall for the popular event. They enjoyed a huge range of 90 draught beers and a host of entertainment

  • Memory of one day lasts a lifetime

    HE never knew the young soldier's name. But Joe Moorhouse, who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, has never forgotten the 21-year-old six foot tall man, whose body he had to move. It was shortly after landing on Sword Beach that he was asked by his

  • A fitting tribute

    HALF a million red poppies fell from the sky as a World War Two bomber plane flew over a Southampton park in an emotional and moving tribute to D-Day veterans. Bathed in brilliant sunshine, the proud veterans sitting in rows of chairs with their medals

  • Review: Theatre vs the movies

    Shooting Shakespeare, Forkbeard Fantasy, Salisbury Playhouse Formed in 1974, Forkbeard Fantasy is now celebrating its 30th anniversary as one of the UK's longest-running multi-media performance companies. Their unusual blend of straight theatre, film

  • Vintage day out

    VINTAGE car enthusiasts are invited to take part in a rally across Hampshire. Any pre-1975 classic car is welcome to apply to be in the Michael Sedgwick Run on Sunday, July 4. There is only room for 70 entrants to the Beaulieu Motor Museum-organised event

  • Veterans stage their final get together at Exbury Gardens

    A GROUP of ex-servicemen marked the 60th anniversary of D-Day by staging their final get together. Members of the Exbury Veterans' Association were based in a New Forest village that became one of the launching pads for the Normandy invasion. Exbury House

  • Amnesty highlights horrors of war

    THE horror of modern warfare has been brought home to residents in Winchester following a meeting in the city of Amnesty International members. The members heard a talk by an expert in modern conflicts who told how recent figures showed more and more

  • UK bowling company up for sale

    SOUTHAMPTON'S AMF bowling centre is up for sale, along with 32 other sites across the UK. One of Britain's biggest tenpin bowling companies, AMF's UK arm is estimated to be worth up to £50m. No one was available to comment at the company's Hemel Hempstead

  • OS thank staff with a barbecue

    UP to 2,000 Ordnance Survey staff and their families will attend a massive thank you party this week. The mapping giant, which employs 1,200 people in Southampton, is celebrating the successful end of five years as a government Trading Fund. The Romsey

  • Trea-mendous knock from Lymington ace

    GLYN TREAGUS struck a glorious century and shared a prolific third-wicket partnership with Ben Craft as Lymington maintained their lead in Division 2 with a 43-run win over Sparsholt. A fourth straight win enabled Lymington to stay three points clear

  • Now it's Havant's turn at the top

    THE ECB Southern Electric Premier League leadership has changed hands for the fourth successive week, with Bournemouth being nudged off top spot by Havant. Bournemouth, who went top after beating Portsmouth last week, were held to the first draw in the

  • Sven: Why Europe should be worried

    SVEN-GORAN Eriksson has declared that the rest of Europe SHOULD be worried about England. The Swede believes his squad's preparations are spot-on ahead of the Euro 2004 finals. England ensured the perfect send-off in their final warm-up game, hitting


    PAUL TERRY has called on England to select "dynamic" Dimitri Mascarenhas when their one-day squad for the NatWest Series is announced tomorrow. Terry paid tribute to Mascarenhas after the all-rounder's brutal 55 off just 31 balls helped Hampshire to a

  • No gimmicks but a great all-rounder

    THE Prius, Toyota's petrol/electric hybrid car, is really taking off in Britain - with sales of the newest version already more than five times greater than last year's total of 149. That's probably down to two factors: Toyota's advances in performance

  • Defenders both on mend

    SAINTS defenders Michael Svensson and Stephen Crainey should be fit for pre-season training after both underwent successful operations. Svensson, pictured, who has been forced to miss out on Sweden's Euro 2004 campaign, went under the knife in Stockholm

  • Remembering wartime friend

    Sir.-Back in 1939 my parents fled Germany and we lived in Kempshott Lane, Basingstoke. For Christmas '39, I received a nursery rhyme book from a neighbouring young lady (a teenager at that time). Her name was Mona Willet, who also lived in Kempshott Lane

  • Cash collected for charity

    Sir.-A collection was made at the Wyevale Garden Centre, Sherfield-on-Loddon, on Sunday, May 3 and the very satisfactory total of £146.98 was raised for the RNLI. This amount would be enough to buy waterproof jackets for two lifeboat crew members (the

  • Market pride

    Sir.-We can be justifiably proud of our encouragement to local producers in the Basingstoke and Deane area. One of the most popular Hampshire Farmers' Markets is held at the Top of the Town on the second Sunday of every month. Please remember, when you

  • Rotherwick

    THE fleetest family... Many congratulations to the Marnoch Clan, who all finished the recent Hook Fun Run in record times! Parish Council chairman Alasdair came 10th in the 10-mile run, his wife Andrea finished 45th in the 10-mile race, son Robert, age

  • Tadley

    DATE for your diaries: Music in Southdown Park will take place on Sunday, June 20, starting just after lunch. There will be lots to hear and even a sing-song for all to participate in during the afternoon. Churches Around Tadley will be holding a songs

  • Sherfield-on-Loddon

    FOOTBALL tournament: The weather helped make the Loddon Sports Tournament weekend on May 22 and 23 a great success. Saturday's tournament had teams from 16 clubs including Alton, Basingstoke, Andover and Thatcham. Loddon won four of the seven age groups

  • Post vote numbers rise

    OVER 7,700 residents in the Eastleigh borough will be voting by post in Thursday's borough council and European parliamentary elections. It represents almost nine per cent of the total electorate of 88,873 and is an increase of over 77 per cent in the

  • Allotment wars may have election impact

    THEY have been digging for victory in Eastleigh where the town's allotment wars could have a sizeable impact on the result of some seats in the borough council elections when voters go to the polls this Thursday. But feedback from local politicians indicates

  • Gathering at tree to pay respects

    EASTLEIGH'S D-Day veterans paid their respects to comrades lost in battle at a heartfelt dedication ceremony beside the town's brand new tree memorial. Members of the Eastleigh, Chandler's Ford and District branch of the Royal British Legion gathered

  • Pamber Heath

    BIBLE exhibition: Come and discover more about this best-selling fascinating book. From Monday to Friday there will be an exhibition of illustrations, maps and pictures, and information on the origin, history and relevance today of the Bible at The Gospel

  • Chineham

    ELECTIONS: By the time you read this we shall be only a few days away from the Euro and local elections. Thankfully, we are not being experimented with and you can therefore still place your vote at a real polling station, unless you have previously requested

  • Community mourns for schoolgirl Lisa

    A SCHOOLGIRL has died after contracting a rare form of bone cancer. Lisa Berry, 12, was a keen musician, swimmer, athlete and dancer and popular at school. But it was as a member of the Hambledon Hunt North Pony Club that she was happiest. A talented

  • Voters transfixed by two burning issues

    PLANNING and council tax. They are to be the two main issues that will get Fareham's voters out to the ballot boxes on Thursday. Cursed by voter apathy and plagued by the shadow of national politics, the local council elections usually see a turnout of

  • The pride and sorrow of heroes

    IT was a weekend of pride tinged with sadness for the thousands of people who turned out on the south coast to take part in a variety of services to commemorate the 60th anniversary of D-Day. A Second World War Lancaster bomber signalled the start of

  • Island police chief

    A NEW police chief is to take over on the Isle of Wight in August. Det Chief Insp Stephanie Morgan will take over the Island's top policing job from Supt David Kilbride shortly after Cowes Week. Supt Kilbride, formerly based in Southampton, has been the

  • Quo rock with tour, biography and album

    VETERAN rockers Status Quo have announced a brand new UK tour, including four dates in our area. The band, fronted by Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, will be calling at Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Basingstoke as part of a mammoth 40-date tour in November

  • Review: Impressive crossover band

    Kissmet, Talking Heads, Southampton THEY were dancing to the music of a different drum at The Heads when Kissmet played a set - three different drums to be accurate. The six-piece Anglo-Asian band incorporated traditional drums, tabla and dhol in their

  • Dentist vows to match donations

    A ROMSEY dentist has joined the army of supporters in the race to find urgent bone marrow donors for a Hampshire family. The four Hartley boys, Josh, Nathan, Daniel and Luke, all have one of the rarest genetic defects in the world, called XLinked Lymphoproliferative

  • Proud as Punch

    A GOOD school with strong leadership where pupils achieve well - that's the glowing description of Ludlow Infant School by Ofsted inspectors. They spent three days at the Southampton school and found Year 2 pupils reached above average standards in reading

  • Cash up for grabs for worthy causes

    THE Daily Echo and Combined Insurance Make it Happen campaign begins today, giving every one of our readers the opportunity to share in £10,000 give away for good causes. This is your chance to make a real difference to the lives of people in your community

  • Vandals go on the rampage

    MILLBROOK residents are up in arms after a gang of vandals rampaged through the area, smashing cars and vans. At least a dozen vehicles were reported damaged. Wing mirrors were snapped, windows smashed and windscreens were shattered in streets including

  • Verdict imminent on Lib Dem rule

    COUNCIL tax, the lack of affordable housing, repairs to roads and pavements and rows over recycling will be the key issues for local voters in Southampton this year. The record of the city's ruling Liberal Democrat administration during its first year

  • Volunteers rewarded for loyal service

    MORE than 200 years of voluntary work and almost £1m raised for cancer research was celebrated in Ringwood when long service awards were made to staff at a charity shop in the town. Opened in 1989 under the Imperial Cancer Research Fund banner, the shop

  • Lawrie joins Harry Potter film preview

    SAINTS legend Lawrie McMenemy was among more than 100 lucky ticket holders at a special charity preview of the latest Harry Potter blockbuster. Hosted by the Whiteley based Hampshire Autistic Society, around 120 guests attended The Screen in Winchester

  • All to vote for in the battle for power in the city

    THE stakes are high in the city council elections in Winchester - for the first time in years. People have the chance to make their votes really count and directly influence who will run the authority once the ballot papers are counted this Friday. The

  • Horse Racing: Elsworth ponders City's next move

    HAMPSHIRE-TRAINED Salford City will drop back in trip after his fine fifth in the Vodafone Derby at Epsom yesterday. But whether that will be in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on July 3 or the Juddmonte International at York on August 17 has yet

  • Darts: Jenkins just a wire away

    ANDY JENKINS came within a wire of a place in the Budweiser UK Open final at Bolton's Reebok Stadium last night. The Cosham bricklayer was involved in a nerve-jangling, tit-for-tat semi-final with Canadian John Part who eventually lost out to Dutchman

  • Corner drama

    TWO race fans were injured at Thruxton after a bike somersaulted into the crowd during yesterday's British Superbike Championship meeting. The incident, at Thruxton's Campbell's Corner, involved Huddersfield rider Dijon Compton and left one spectator

  • High oil prices may curb interest rates

    ROCKETING oil prices may have saved the south's business community from a summer of interest rate hikes. Fears of terrorist action and high demand have pushed up prices across the globe and some forecourts in Hampshire have been selling fuel at 99.9p

  • In Port

    Today's Principal Arrivals: CFF Solent, roro, 0700, 25; Van Gogh, passenger, 0730, 101; Pride of Dover, ferry, 0830, 7; CCNI Chagres, container, 1300, 204; CMA CGM Chopin, container, 1700, 206; Hual Trove, roro, 2330, 40 Today's Principal Sailings: Conformity

  • Young and old remember the bravery of thousands

    MORE THAN 500 people gathered on Warsash shore to remember the 3,000 troops that left there on June 6, 1944, heading for the Normandy beaches. In bright sunshine yesterday, the mayor of Fareham unveiled a new plaque to accompany the existing D-Day memorial

  • Dimi's timely performance

    IF DIMITRI Mascarenhas was intending to give the England selectors one last reminder before the naming of the one day squad, he managed it at the Rose Bowl yesterday. The all-rounder's 55 from 31 balls was the deciding factor in Hampshire's fourth win

  • New Bison boss signs netminder

    NEW Basingstoke Bison general manager and head coach Mark Bernard has wasted no time snapping up his first signing for the coming season - highly-rated Canadian netminder Ron Vogel. The 25-year-old native of London, Ontario, was Bernard's starting netminder


    GRACE BROWN IS 70 TODAY!!!! Happy Birthday Mum. Have a wonderful day. All our love Kevin, Kim, Sue, Den, Chris and Jodi. X X X X X X X X X X

  • COLE

    COLE PAULINE Of Woolston. May 30th, 2004 was the day The Lord took you away. You have gone from our lives, but will live on in our hearts. Goodnight, God Bless. XXXXXX Loving wife of Sid XXX Devoted mother of Sheila, John, Dave, Jude, Andy and Nick. XXXX

  • BUBB

    BUBB ALLAN Uncle to Gary and Karen. Great uncle to Molly, Lauren and Connor. Gone from us too soon. Will be sadly missed. X X


    FUDGE ANN PATRICIA Died on May 21st, 2004 in hospital after a brave fight against cancer. Funeral on Wednesday, June 9th at St. Edmunds Church, The Avenue, Southampton at 2.00 p.m. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Cancer Research UK

  • BUBB

    BUBB ALLAN Goodbye to a special brother, brother-in-law and uncle. Love Pearl, John and Abi. XXXX

  • BUBB

    BUBB ALLAN Passed away May 31st, 2004 aged 68. What will I do without you, a million tears won't bring you back, I know because I've tried. Wife Joyce. ----------------- Funeral Service on June 9th at 12.00 Noon, St. Johns Church, Hedge End. Flowers to


    PALMER CAROL (nee O'BRIEN) AND COLIN Congratulations on the birth of Billy Aidan on June 2nd, 2004, weighing 5lb 13oz. Love from very proud grandparents Nessie and Terry, Uncle Barry and great grandparents Doris and Bert.


    CROWLEY NICHOLAS (NICK) Died tragically on June 3rd, 2004 aged 40 in Ipswich. Very much loved husband of Susannah, son of Margaret and Ambrose, step-son of James, brother to Paul and Gemma, uncle to Daria and Nia, nephew of Patrick. You have left us broken-hearted


    PURDUE FREDERICK (FRED) Passed away peacefully on June 3rd 2004 after a short illness. Beloved husband of Joan and a much loved dad, grandad and great grandad. Gone from our lives, but will stay in our hearts forever. x x x x x ---------- Funeral service

  • GLEW

    GLEW FRANCES ELLEN Passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, May 31st, 2004 aged 66 years. Words cannot explain how we feel. You were the best Wife, Mum and Nan. Your loving husband Tom. Children Malcolm, Dagma, Sandra, Steve, Tommy, Mel, Michelle


    RYVES DANNY Happy 21st. Love you loads, Mum, CJ, Nat, and Kayleigh. XX


    SUMSION BETT Loving memories of my wife Bett, passed away on June 7th, 2003. Always remembered by Gordon, sadly missed by June and Pat, by Bill, Mark, Kerry and nine grandchildren.

  • CARD

    CARD CYRIL Remembering a dear husband, dad, grandad and great-grandad, who left us ten years ago today. We miss you, not just today, but every day. All our love. Joan and Family. xxxxxxxxx.

  • GLEW

    GLEW FRANCIS Fell asleep on May 31st, 2004 and now a very special Angel. I am going to miss the laughs we used to have Fran, but you will be remembered always with love. Sharon, John and family, Jan, Doug and family. X X X X


    AYLETT JOAN EDITH (nee SULLIVAN) Widow of Edward George. Passed away at Countess Mountbatten House on June 4th, 2004 aged 79. Loving Mum of Claire and Clive. Grandma to Elizabeth, Jonathan and Christopher and mother-in-law of Ian and Eileen. ---------


    GIBSON MARY (nee BYRNE) My darling Mary, It's your birthday today, How you broke my heart when you went away. I tried so hard to get you to stay Never mind my darling, we'll meet again someday. Your loving husband Peter X X X X ---------- DEAR MUM Remembering


    GANDY IVOR WILLIAM Devoted and loving husband of Rosemary. Passed away at Southampton General Hospital on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004 aged 73. Will be sadly missed by all family and friends including daughters Theresa and Julie, sons-in-law Jan and David