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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Community News

Torquay’s Critics speak out!

While we were putting together the 'Writers on the Riviera' walking trail, we were asked to find a few quotes from visitors and locals who appreciated Torquay.We found a great many folk who really val…

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“Caring for your Future”

Join Us on Carers Rights Day Event for Carers and the people you care for Thursday 21st November, upstairs at Paignton Library 10.00am – 5.45pm - Official Opening at 10.30am Join Torbay Car…

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A Halloween Torquay

“Deep night, dark night, the silence of the night, spirits walk, and ghosts break up their graves”, William Shakespeare Night-time Torquay is another Torquay. Late at night, despite the electric lig…

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May the Torbay Force be with you!

On December 27 2016 we lost Carrie Fisher. None were more upset by the news than Torbay’s Jedi community – and there are a lot of them. In the 2011 Census 500 people in the Bay identified themselves a…

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The Vikings come second in Torbay

The Anglo Saxon Chronicle records that in the year 850AD:“Here Ealdorman Ceorl with Devonshire fought against the heathen men at Wicga’s stronghold and made a great slaughter there and took the victor…

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The Hellhounds in Torbay

We've discussed before the legend of the Demon Hunter of Daddyhole Plain, and briefly mentioned his accompanying “two savage hounds with eyes of fire”. These dogs were the local manifestation of the a…

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The Devil at Daddyhole

Above the natural arch of London Bridge is the limestone plateau of Daddyhole Plain. Unlike London Bridge, which was named probably in the mid eighteenth century, the name Daddyhole is far more an…

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Torbay gets the ‘Flu

In 1918 there was a children’s skipping rhyme which went: “I had a little bird, Its name was Enza. I opened the window, And in-flu-enza”.The rhyme was inspired by the advent of the Spanish Flu which c…

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The 2019 English Riviera Film Festival

This year's 2019 English Riviera Film Festival is in its fifth year and has become one of the South West’s major film festivals. The number of films being shown has doubled and the award categories ha…

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History

Torquay 1853- invasion and revolution scares

In 1858 a terrorist attack in Paris caused a reaction in Torquay. On January 14th, 1858 the French Emperor Napoleon III was attacked in his capital by a gang of assassins who hurled three small bombs…

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The Original Torquay Dad’s Army

In 1803 the small villages that made up Torbay prepared to be invaded. Evacuation plans were drawn up and the militia assembled to meet a massive French flotilla expected to appear on the horizon.Fran…