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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A Berry Pomeroy Timeslip Ghost

Following our theme of weird South Devon, here's a local incident that fits in to that most rare of paranormal experiences- the timeslip.Timselips are a reversal of the traditional Torbay ghost. Many …

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Hunting England’s Queen

In 1644 the English Navy was in Torbay hunting down England's Queen. This was Henrietta Maria of France, queen consort of England, Scotland and Ireland and wife of Charles I. She was mother of his tw…

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The Wreck of the U-269

During lockdown the 1981 West German war film Das Boot has been regularly on TV. It's the fictionalised story of a German U Boat. But we do have the wreck of a real U-Boat off the coast of Torbay. …

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The Press Gang in Torbay

During the wars against Napoleon the villagers of Torbay could be forced into joining the Royal Navy.It wasn't always so.While working and living conditions in the Royal Navy were harsh, at normal tim…

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The Great Cream Tea Wars

Take a look at the two images above and below. Depending on where you're reading this, one should bring out feelings of belonging and images of home; the other a sense of alienation or even…

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Spitting – A Torbay tradition

"Here I sitting behind in a dark place, a lady spit backward upon me by a mistake, not seeing me, but after seeing her to be a very pretty lady, I was not troubled at it at all", Samuel Pepys (1633-17…

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Bees in Paradise (1944) in Torquay

Those movies filmed in Torbay still keep coming to our attention. One reason for this is that location data bases often don't include movies made during the War- we didn't want the Luftwaffe finding …

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‘The Ritual’ on Film 4

On Tuesday 14 April at 9pm Film4 is showing the movie version of Torbay author Adam Nevill's novel, 'The Ritual'. This is a 2017 British supernatural horror film directed by David Bruckner, and starri…

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Torquay’s Lost Observatory

We all know St Michael's Chapel opposite Torre Station. Less well known are the other ruins next to the chapel. However, this site was once vital to Torquay's tourism industry.This graffiti-covered wa…

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Body Snatchers in Torquay Cemetary?

Young folk growing up in Torquay were often told stories of body snatchers in Torquay Cemetery. There's also a specific tale of the Cemetery's grave diggers who illicitly dug up a recently buried w…