Author: Kevin Dixon

Kevin Dixon(Author)

Kevin Dixon went to Audley Park – now Torquay Academy – and South Devon College when it was at Torre. After studying at Birmingham City University, he returned home because there’s nowhere else quite like Torquay. He then became involved in community and adult education, completed a PhD, and started writing about the weird and unknown side of town. He now Chairs Healthwatch Torbay and is involved in health and social care in the Bay.

Torbay’s Monty Python locations

"I think of Torquay as being the home of British comedy. The first time I saw Bruce Forsyth was in the Babbacombe Pavilion in the mid 50s; we had a very successful Monty Python shoot there in 1970…

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The hell of three days in Torquay

Back in July of 1947 the Spectator Magazine’s James Pope Hennessy spent three days in Torquay… and he didn’t like it: “Torquay is all scarred and pitted by progress. The sea-front and the gentl…

The Great Beast 666 in Torquay

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” Aleister Crowley 1904 Torquay has had a number of unusual residents and visitors over the years, none more out-of-the-ordinary than Aleister C…

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Torquay’s Salvation Army Riots

“The majority in the world are sinners, and are quite against goodness, and I’m afraid it’s the same in Torquay”, Evangeline Booth “Ten pounds to the man who will quiet her”, a Torquay hotel pr…

Farewell to Ryan’s Bar

It looks like Ryan’s Bar is joining the long list of Torquay’s closed pubs – along with the Upton Vale, the Pelican/Parrot, the Alpine, the Clarence, the Mousetrap, the Falcon, the Railway, the Po…