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.

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Torquay Town Hall: that sacred stage

Even in a mostly secular Torbay there are still sacred locations - places that are steeped in history and culture. One is Torquay Town Hall which has changed its uses as our town and nation has ev…

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Torquay’s Annie visits a Séance

Here at WASD we've mentioned that, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Torquay had a reputation as being a centre of the Occult - the search for the hidden and unknown. We were p…

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Torbay against the Poll Tax

March 17 1990 saw the largest demonstration that Torbay had ever seen - 5,000 people from across the Bay gathered on Paignton Green. While this protest was entirely peaceful, a few weeks later vic…

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Torquay’s C Denier Warren & Lolita

At WASD we like to remember locals that have made their mark in the world of entertainment. This time it’s C Denier Warren who died in Torquay on August 27 1971 at the age of 82. Born in Chicag…

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Donovan and Mac Macleod in Torbay

Donovan was Britain’s Bob Dylan. Emerging from the folk scene, he came to fame in early 1965 with a series of live performances on the pop TV series, Ready Steady Go!, and his popularity spread to…

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The Radio 1 Roadshow in Torbay

For three decades the Radio 1 Roadshow was an annual summer event. Hosted and broadcast by BBC Radio 1 from the 1970s through to the 1990s. It regularly came to Torbay and was a big occasion for b…

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George Bernard Shaw in Torquay

The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) wrote more than 60 plays and is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938) – for ‘Pygmal…