Fireworks to see off Bournemouth's bicentennial

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Bournemouth's bicentennial year celebrations are set to come to an end with a fireworks display.

The display will be accompanied by performances from a range of musicians and dancers in the The Square on 30 December.

The town has been recognising its 200 years of history with a series of events throughout the year.

A thanksgiving event at St Peter's Church on 9 January will bring the bicentenary celebrations to a close.

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Councillor Anne Filer, chairman of the 2010 celebrations, said: "Bournemouth's bicentenary has shown what a vibrant and exciting town this is.

"The enthusiasm and dedication of organisations and the local community has been exceptional, with a variety of fascinating events being held throughout the borough."

The town's history can be traced back to 1810 when landowner Lewis Tregonwell paid £179 and 11 shillings (£179.55) for 8.5 acres of land.

He built Exeter House, the first house in Bournemouth.

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