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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Larry Grayson in Torquay

For several years in the mid-80s Torquay’s Ilsham Marine Drive was home to Larry Grayson. Larry (1923-1995) was born William White and was a stand-up comedy and game show host of the late 1970s…

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Is Torquay in Devon?

Is Torquay in Devon? This seems like a straightforward question. We know that Devon is an English county that reaches from the Bristol Channel in the north to the English Channel in the south. …

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Buffalo Bill in Torquay

  Ransom Stoddard: “You're not going to use the story, Mr. Scott?” Maxwell Scott: "No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” The Man Who Shot Liber…

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The Torquay Casino Killings

For 12 months in 1973-74 Torquay had one of the highest murder rates in Britain. This was due to two serious outbreaks of violence which claimed the lives of eight people. We’ve already mentioned …

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Roebuck: a Torquay tragedy

  Sometimes you have to think twice before writing an article on local history. Usually past events are so long ago that describing them doesn’t directly affect anyone. Indeed, we’ve co…

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Harry H Corbett in Torquay

  “Sex and horror are the new gods” ************* Harry H Corbett was one of the best-known television stars of the twentieth century due to his role in the comedy series Steptoe and Son. …

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The Torquay Vampire Killing Kit

If you’ve taken on the profession of Fearless Vampire Killer, what’s the first thing you’re going to need? Of course, it’s a vampire killing kit. These can now be bought at auction or on the in…

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Savage dancing comes to Torquay

  “We are not hot-blooded Southerners, or orgiastic negroes, or volatile New Yorkers, or pagan Greeks!” Some have us have come to notice that new-fangled forms of art aren’t always immediat…