10 signs you’ve lived in Dorset for a long time


OUR beautiful county is loved by locals and visitors alike and today is very special as it is Dorset Day.

The annual event celebrates the feast of Dorset’s patron saint, Saint Wite, whose relics can be found in the Church of St Candida and Holy Cross at Whitchurch Canonicorum.

Its identity is mysterious and different theories have emerged over the centuries.

A local favorite places her as a Saxon saint living as a hermit on the cliffs near Charmouth.

According to tradition, she spent her nights lighting beacons to guide sailors along the rocky coastline and was killed by Danish pirates during a raid in the 9th century while defending her local population. Dorset Cross and Saint Wite’s Cross.

But how do you know if you are a true Dorsetarian? Do you fly the Dorset flag outside your house? develop a country accent?

Here are ten signs you’ve lived in glorious Dorset for a long time that we’ve unearthed from the Echo Archives to mark Dorset Day.

1. Someone tells you they are going on vacation and you say, “Where to go?”

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2. You still sometimes call the Dolphin Center The Arndale Center.

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3. You know what a grockle is and you use the word in your vocabulary.

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4. You can walk past Maiden’s Castle without craning your neck to look at it.

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5. You are knowingly nodding your head to most of the older photos featured in the Echo and online.

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6. You know of at least one person who calls car indicators “turn signals”.

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7. You have stopped giggling when you hear the words Dorset Knob.

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8. You are amused to see visitors buying postcards from beauty sites because you see them all the time.

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9. You would choose the Dorset Apple Cake any day over the Victoria Sponge.

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10. You are less and less inclined to move elsewhere in the world.

Do you have a suggestion to add to our list? let us know in the comments below


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