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

Is South Devon still Christian?

Is South Devon still Christian? It looks like older residents believe it is while millenials - those aged 18-24 - feel that times have changed. Under a third of millennials now describe Britain as …

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Community News

Feel the Force, do Torbay’s Jedis

On December 27 we lost Carrie Fisher. None were more upset by the news than Torbay’s Jedi community – and there are a lot of them. In the 2011 Census 500 people in the Bay identified themselves as J…

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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…