Today, June 2 is a big day for Dorset.

It was 180 years ago when Thomas Hardy was born in Higher Bockhampton in Dorset in 1840.

Hardy went on to become one of the country's best known novelists and poets.

Enamoured with the beauty of the county of Dorset, it formed part of the "Wessex" of his novels and poems. The first of four children, Hardy was born small and thought at birth to be dead.

Sadly a special Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair organised to be held in Dorchester this coming weekend to celebrate Hardy's birthday has had to be postponed until next year because of Covid restrictions.

Chairman of the Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair Committee Cllr Gareth Jones said: “Having lived through several pandemics, including cholera, typhus and tuberculosis,Thomas Hardy himself would have understood that his birthday celebrations needed to be postponed."

However, organisers have still produced a special birthday party video marking this occasion which can be found on Facebook by searching for @TheThomasHardyVictorianFair