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.

Community News

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…

Community News

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…

Community News

The Torquay War of 1888

This is the story of the 'Torquay War' of 1888.During that year Torquay experienced a sustained challenge to established authority which became an important issue for the entire country.This struggle …

Community News

The Torquay Charabanc

For a few years the motorised charabanc was a regular sight on Torquay's streets with locals and tourists being transported by these ‘wagons with benches’.Charabancs, a corruption of the French char à…

Community News

Torbay’s Black Hag

 They look almost prehistoric. A cruciform black silhouette with wings resembling a broken umbrella. This is the cormorant, a bird familiar to the Bay.The name is thought to originate from the Latin w…

Community News

Torquay’s Morbid Years

 World War I was a prolonged, brutal, and costly conflict; and was followed by a virulent pandemic which killed even more people – estimates vary from 50 to 70 million worldwide.Beyond the days i…

Community News

The Torbay Suntan

During the 1920s people in Torbay started taking their clothes off. They had decided that they wanted to change the colour of their bodies. Back in 381AD the Roman Emperor Theodosius made Christi…

Community News

Devon or Devonshire- the same thing?

       Devon took its name from the county's original Iron Age inhabitants, the Dumnonii 'Celts'. This was the tribe whose homeland was Dumnonia, the area covered by present-day Devon and Cornwall, al…

Community News

Sex at the Torquay Seaside

The 1911 music hall song 'You can do a lot of things at the seaside that you can't do in town' describes the attractions of the resorts:"Bashful little maidens, modest as can be,Like to have a nice sp…