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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Community News

‘Holocaust 2000’ in South Devon

"The wildest farrago yet to have come out of the demonology genre", Monthly Film Bulletin Here at WASD we have a real fondness for movies filmed in South Devon, particularly if they’re pretty much …

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History

Saul – a Torquay Christmas Ghost Story

This is the story of Saul, one of those Torquay characters that we seem to have so many of. You’ve probably seen him yourself as he was one of those guys that like to hang around Castle Circus. He w…

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History

View and Non View: a Torquay Future

In 1954 the author Nancy Mitford wrote an essay, ‘The English Aristocracy’ for the magazine Encounter. She provided a list of terms used by the upper classes which caused a national debate about E…

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History

Torquay’s Troublesome Navvies

A railway station serving Torquay was opened on 18 December 1848, but this station was far from the harbour at the centre of town. This wouldn’t do and a new station near Abbey Sands was opened on 2…

The Torquay Commemorative Stamps

On September 18 1961 Torquay was the proud host of the Second European Postal and Telecommunications (CEPT) Conference. To mark this - now pretty much forgotten and frankly desperately unexciting …

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History

A Torquay Homophobic Attack

Here in Torquay we like to think of ourselves as being welcoming to tourists. However, this wasn’t always so. For example, back in September 1926 two local men stood trial for inflicting serious b…

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History

Torquay’s Halloween: after darkness falls

“Deep night, dark night, the silence of the night, spirits walk, and ghosts break up their graves”, William Shakespeare Night-time Torquay is another Torquay. Late at night, despite the electri…

The day the lights came on in Torquay

  On October 8th 1834 the darkness was banished from Torquay. Forty gas lamps were installed in our main thoroughfares – two years later the street lighting was extended from Castle Cir…

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History

Lillie Langtree’s Torquay Ghost

“I resent Mrs Langtry, she has no right to be intelligent, daring and independent, as well as lovely”, Torquay resident George Bernard Shaw   Oscar Wilde said, "I would rather have discov…

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History

Torquay’s Trevor and the Spear of Destiny

In 1973 Trevor Ravenscroft (pictured right), who would later live in Torquay, wrote a book called ‘The Spear of Destiny’. This book became recognised by some as a classic of Holy Grail and Nazi oc…

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History

Spring-Heel Jack terrifies Torquay

Continuing our WASD theme of South Devon’s weird landscape, let’s turn our attention to our haunted coastal route - the current A379 Teignmouth Road. The historian Theo Brown remembers her father …