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Dorset golf club that inspired the Ryder Cup

Sam Ryder is thought to have had the idea for the Ryder Cup competition playing golf in Dorset Credit: ITV Westcountry

The Ryder Cup gets underway today but if it wasn't for a golf course in Dorset, it might never have happened.

Sam Ryder used to play at the Came Down Golf Club between Dorchester and Weymouth in the 1920s and it's thought that was where the idea was born.

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Large crowds at Dorset County Show

Large crowds have attended the Dorset County Show Credit: ITV News

The first day of the Dorset County Show has attracted large crowds.

Sixty thousand people are expected at the showground near Dorchester over the weekend. Judges say there's been a high standard of entry in the horticulture and livestock classes.

There are also food tents, trade stands and many other displays.

The show's secretary, Sam Mackenzie-Green, says it's the diversity that helps attract so many people:

"We're a combination things. It's the main ring attractions, we've got Bolddog Lings which people are really excited about seeing. The National Vegetabel Society's national championships again which appeals to a whole other group of people. And we have so much food and drink, local food and drink, I think there is something for everyone".


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Summer closes as Dorset County Show opens

Livestock shows are just one of the attractions at the show. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Preparations are underway for the start of the Dorset County Show.

The event, which traditionally celebrates the end of harvest, is one of the last shows on the south west agricultural calendar.

The ground near Dorchester will open to the public tomorrow and Sunday.

Corn dolly record attempt

Audrey Rolfe is attempting to weave the world's longest corn dolly Credit: ITV Westcountry

A pensioner from Bridport is hoping to weave the world's longest corn dolly.

Audrey Rolfe's efforts will be on show at this weekend's Dorset County Show. She's aiming for it to be 60 feet long.

Corn dollies are plaited to celebrate the harvest. She's chosen a design known as a Welsh fan.

11-year-old boy goes missing in Dorset

George Pugh-Sargent was last seen near the cafe and car park at Ringstead Bay near Weymouth Credit: ITV News

Police are increasingly concerned for an 11-year-old boy who went missing in Dorset at lunchtime today (Monday 1 September).

George Pugh-Sargent, who is from Dorchester, was last seen near the cafe and car park for Ringstead Bay between Weymouth and Lulworth.

He has a disability that affects his behaviour and makes him particularly vulnerable.

He is 5'3", has short blond hair and was wearing a Hawaiian shirt with braces and black shorts.


Would you show off your garden to the public?

Many of us try to keep our gardens, however big or small, looking reasonably presentable. But would you be willing to show your green-fingered efforts off to the public?

One couple from Dorchester open their garden regularly to raise money for charity. In the next instalment of our Westcountry Garden series, our correspondent Duncan Sleightholme has been to see it.

World's oldest paperboy to retire after 70 years

The world's oldest paper boy is giving up his round after more than 70 years of delivering papers near his home in Dorset.

93-year-old Ted Ingram is retiring because it costs him more to deliver the newspapers than he gets paid.

He started in 1942, when George VI was King, Winston Churchill was Prime Minister and Britain was at war.

Our correspondent Duncan Sleightholme has been to meet him:

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Star Wars memorabilia goes under the hammer

Video. They hadn't seen anything quite like it before, at a fine art auctioneers in Dorset. More than 50 lots of Star Wars memorabilia and toys went up for sale after a local collector passed away, leaving a house full of items from his beloved film.

Merchandise from the movie franchise which began in 1977, specially boxed and mint condition is highly coveted. And Star Wars fans were desperate to put their bids in. Martin Dowse was there too.

Star Wars fans descend upon Dorchester for auction

More than fifty lots of Star Wars memorabilia went up for sale after a local collector passed away, leaving a house full of items, from his beloved films.

This Han Solo went for £1,000 at auction Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Merchandise from the movie franchise which began in 1977, especially boxed in mint condition, is highly coveted.

Boxed Star Wars memorabilia Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Star Wars fans descended upon Dorchester for the sale, where original memorabilia from the films in the 70s and 80s fetched the highest.

A life sized Yoda on display Credit: ITV News Westcountry
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