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 (used to) Rock!

For decades all the big bands came to Torquay. We were on the national music circuit and tours wouldn't have been the same without an appearance in the 400 Club, the Princess Theatre or Torquay…

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From Torquay to Israel

If you ever find youself in the city of Haifa in Israel and it all looks a bit familiar, this is why. Haifa is the international headquarters for the Baha'i faith which began amid persecution i…

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1918: Torbay gets the ‘Flu

"I had a little bird, Its name was Enza. I opened the window, And in-flu-enza" A 1918 children’s skipping rhyme In 1918 the three towns of the Bay fell victim to the Spanish Flu. This was…

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Torquay’s Curious Castle

Torquay has some odd bits of architecture. One example is the 'medievil-style castle' which can be seen as you leave Watcombe on the coast road heading towards Teignmouth. As you drive along the A…

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Torquay’s Lost Harbourside Pubs

  "So we all went down to the Esplanade, where the lager tastes like lemonade...” The Piranhas 1980 There’s something about Torquay Harbourside. For a couple of hundred years it’s been the …

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How Torbay impersonates the world

Imagine that you've just got the job as a location scout for a film company. You have loads of exotic locations to find, but a limited budget, so what would you do? The answer is to find a filming…

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Torbay in the English Civil War

The English Civil Wars lasted between 1642 and 1651 and were fought between Parliamentarians (Roundheads) and Royalists (Cavaliers). The conflict was mainly over how the English were government, t…