This is the story of how Weymouth,
an important harbour since the 14th Century, became one of the most
popular seaside resorts in the country.
Historic photographs and illustrations blend with stunning modern
film to create a fascinating portrayal of this much-loved Dorset
Weymouth's story has a macabre edge to it: in 1348 the dreaded
bubonic plague, known today as the Black Death, entered the country
when an infected sailor stepped ashore on the harbourside. In 1588
as England defended her shores against the Spanish Armada, the San
Salvador was captured off Portland and gleefully looted by the
Weymouth's popularity as a seaside resort was enhanced dramatically
from 1789 onwards, when King George III frequently visited to bathe
in the gentle waters of the bay.
You will also re-live the history
of Osmington's famous White Horse, the Roman Villa at Preston and
the airfield that once stood on the nature reserve at Lodmoor.
Weymouth suffered greatly in World War II, as devastating air raids
destroyed much of the Chapelhay district, yet the town went on to
play a key role in the path to final victory. In 1944 many thousands
of American troops embarked from the harbour for the D-Day landings
on the Normandy beaches.
DVD also features Chipperfields Amusement Park, famous for its Wild
Mouse roller coaster.