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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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…

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1971: Klackers cause Torquay chaos

  There’s a joke going around at the moment: a young boy opens his Christmas present from his grandfather and is clearly less than enthusiastic about what he has been given. Noticing his d…

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London Bridge – a Torquay landmark

For decades anyone sitting their GCSE Geography exam was prepared for a question about sea arches. It would be along the lines of “What is a sea arch? Can you name a sea arch you have seen?” Un…

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Dick and Lena in Torquay

Back in the 1970s and 80s if you went to Princess Theatre you could see two stars that have almost been forgotten - Dick Emery (1915-1983) and Lena Zavaroni (1963 -1999). Today Dick - if he i…

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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…