IT was smiles all round when Freda Wade was presented with a picture of herself as a three-year-old at a special afternoon of memories and nostalgia.

The afternoon of memories, which followed on from a screening of film classic Brief Encounter, took place at Age UK's the Evergreens Cinema in Dorchester.

People gathered to celebrate 10 years of the Dorchester charity's Dorset’s Living Memories website.

After a big screen presentation all about the Dorset’s Living Memories project, Freda, 94, received a special enlarged picture of one of the many photographs she had contributed to the website 10 years ago.

Freda, who is Dorchester born and bred, told the assembled audience that the picture was taken outside her favourite sweet shop, which was full of tempting treats and run by Miss Tuck.

She added: "The shop was at the back of the now-demolished Greyhound Yard, where Waitrose now stands."

She remembers that the shop was divided into two, the other part being occupied by Miss Tuck’s brother who was a hairdresser. In later years the hairdresser’s shop was run by Harold Ellis. Also nearby was the Chain Library, where you could borrow a book for 2d or so a week.

Freda said: "I was thrilled to take part in the Dorset Living Memories project as I felt it was such a worthwhile thing for future generations to learn from, and would like to thank Age UK Dorchester for inviting me here today and for giving me and my many friends, some who are no longer with us, the opportunity to preserve our memories and photographs.

If you would like to read Freda’s and many other people’s stories, go to, where you will also find a picture gallery. For more information about the website please email, .