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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Some Torquay Women

Here are just a few of the lesser-known women who lived or worked in Torquay. They helped make our town and made their mark on the world. Helen Taylor Helen Taylor (1831–1907) was the stepdaught…

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Tipping in Torquay… do you?

Do you ever give a tip in Torquay? If you do, why do you do it and who do you give a tip to? Why don’t we tip in Wetherspoons, but often tip taxi drivers and hair stylists? Do you know how much to g…

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Torquay’s pubs in 1850

Following the recent Spotted discussion on Torquay’s Lost Pubs, here’s a list taken from White’s Directory of those Inns, Taverns and Beerhouses operating in 1850. They were: Apsley House, Park…

First look at Yates, Torquay after a following a £250,000 refurbishment.   - Photo mandatory by-line: Andy Styles - Tel: 01626 872731 - Mobile: 07834214253
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The ’Spoons of Torbay

Torquay has its Green Ginger; Paignton has the Talk of the Town and the Isaac Merritt, Brixham has the Vigilance. A bit further afield, Newton Abbot has the Richard Hopkins while Teignmouth has the …

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Gracie Fields in Torbay

Gracie Fields was a comedienne and singer in the British Music Halls. In 1937 she was the highest paid film star in the world and was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio... and,…

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A couple of Torquay Fascists

During the inter-war period Torquay’s MP and the editor of the town’s newspaper had a similar and very surprising view of the world. They were both prominent self-confessed fascists, and one of them…

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Torquay’s Clipper Inn closes

After a century as a pub Torquay’s historic Clipper Inn in Melville Street, off Abbey Road, is closing. It’s the latest in a series of town pubs that have closed their doors over the last 20 years…