Seaside Special: ABBA in Torbay

"Come on down to the Summertime Sound, Kick off your shoes, 'Cos Summertime City, Ain't got the summertime blues."   Seaside Special was a long-running 1970s BBC 1 light entertainm…

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With my little stick of Torquay Rock

Seaside rock is a British phenomenon. Wherever there's a British working class tourist, there's rock - from Blackpool, Benidorm, and, of course, Torquay. The Americans have a barber's pole-…

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Torbay’s Monty Python locations

"I think of Torquay as being the home of British comedy. The first time I saw Bruce Forsyth was in the Babbacombe Pavilion in the mid 50s; we had a very successful Monty Python shoot there in 1970…

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The hell of three days in Torquay

Back in July of 1947 the Spectator Magazine’s James Pope Hennessy spent three days in Torquay… and he didn’t like it: “Torquay is all scarred and pitted by progress. The sea-front and the gentl…

The Great Beast 666 in Torquay

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” Aleister Crowley 1904 Torquay has had a number of unusual residents and visitors over the years, none more out-of-the-ordinary than Aleister C…