It's always lovely to see a beautifully handwritten letter from Jean Matthews of Dorchester.

Mrs Matthews got in touch because she remembers the South Dorset Technical College which used to be in Weymouth. We shared a postcard from the 1970s which showed the college before it was demolished.

She writes: "I attended the South Dorset Technical College from September 1943 to April 1946 when I left, 15 years of age, to start work at the police HQ at Dorchester, where I stayed for 10 years.

"I lived in Dorchester and my friends and I travelled down every morning from the southern station. Already on the train were students from Swanage and Wareham, the train coming down from Waterloo was often very late, near to D-Day it was crowded with Navy and Army so no seats, just kit bags in the corridors, which we thought was great fun.

"Mr B. Pod was the principal and the head of the commercial department was Mr T. Beech, Mrs Dickens was shorthand and typing, Miss Jones - English, Miss Fretwell; French, Mrs Bush; bookkeeping; Mrs B Rocastle; netball.

"We had a nice gym where after lunch we would go and a member of staff would put on the gramophone records for us to dance - it was a very happy college and I look back with fond memories and most of the people I know left and found very good jobs - it was so nice to see it mentioned in your column, thank you."

*And thanks to Mrs Matthews for letting us know she enjoys getting the Echo every day in these strange times. We may all be currently working from home but we are working harder than ever to still get the paper out to you every day.