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 at Exeter University , 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 as a Woman’s Town

  Sybil Fawlty really ran Fawlty Towers. She was a far more effective manager than her husband, handled crises calmly, and she knew that the hotel was there to generate an income, rather than to at…

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Torbay’s Heritage

Torbay's Heritage Interpretation Framework has just been published. 'A Haven Through Time’ uses the eight themes of the Heritage Strategy as a framework for organisations and individuals to interpre…

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How Torquay Votes

During the nineteenth century a few families transformed a collection of rural hamlets into the richest town in England. By the early twentieth century, however, the political and economic authority…

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Torbay’s Guerrilla Golf

Torquay has Jungle Journey Adventure Golf, Paignton has Pirates Bay Adventure Golf, and there's Crazy Golf at Goodrington. And, at one time, many hotels boasted a synthesis of concrete and felt whic…

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Blackball: Torquay’s Bowling movie

The growing challenge to Torquay's status as an elite tourist destination was becoming evident from the mid-1960s onward, with the far-sighted recognising the overseas package holiday as an existent…

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Torquay’s Victorian Plant Nurseries

During the nineteenth century Torquay's population increased from around 800 to almost 34,000. The town became a place for the wealthy to buy holiday homes, the retired to reside, and the sick to ho…