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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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…

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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…

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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…

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Down the Treacle Mine

"‘Once upon a time there were three little sisters,’ the Dormouse began in a great hurry; ‘and they lived at the bottom of a well . . .’ ‘What did they live on?’ said Alice, who always took a great in…

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Torbay’s Lost Eden

    For centuries folk wandering the Bay's beaches have been discovering unusual bones and stone tools; while, more recently, trawlers have been dragging up the remains of extinct beasts in their ne…

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Where Did Torquay’s Good Times Go?

So when and why did Torquay's 'Golden Age' come to an end? We begin with the nostalgia for the post-war holiday, reinforced by those railway advertisements describing the leisure and luxury that aw…

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Does Torquay have a Pier?

Paignton has a pier; Teignmouth has a pier. But does Torquay? If we define a pier as a structure that water passes beneath, supported by poles or pillars, then what Torquay has is a breakwater, a s…

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Carers Breaks in Torbay

 Are you are an unpaid Carer in Torbay, and would you like to have a break from your caring role by staying in a hotel?Torbay Carers have agreements with approximately 240 hotels nationwide to offer…

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The Torquay Seaside Landlady

During the mid nineteenth century Torquay was beginning to lose its image of being a substitute inland spa, to becoming a holiday resort. Instead of the cultivation of good health, the town was changi…

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The Vanished Folk of Torbay

Around four thousand years ago the inhabitants of Torbay died out- and we don't know why.This near extinction took place over several hundred years but we know from DNA evidence that they did disappea…

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The Wreck of The Wallace

On 2 January 1873, 'The Wallace', a ship from Boston, was taking a cargo of petroleum to Antwerp and returning to New Orleans, when winds drove her into the Bay.A fire was discovered on board and the …

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W Grove and the Rise of the Machines

Little is known about Torquay author W Grove except that he was born Reginald Colebrooke Reade in 1853. He was the son of Alfred Reade of Datchet, Buckinghamshire, and attended Eton and King's College…

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Mary and Percy Shelley in Torquay

In November 1997 an English writer discovered a long-forgotten 200-year old book in a palazzo in Italy. To her delight, she had found the original of ‘Maurice, or the Fisher’s Cot’. This was the onl…