Torre Abbey Museum Announces Torbay Rocks!

(Last Updated On: January 4, 2019)

Torbay Rocks is coming to Torre Abbey Museum this January!

From Saturday 12 January through to Sunday 24 March, you will be able to pay normal admission at the Abbey and see this fascinating exhibition, which features a range of music memorabilia from the archive of local personality – Lionel Digby.

Lionel was one of the Bay’s best music and club promotors throughout the 60s and 70s and was responsible for bringing some of the biggest bands of the time to Torbay. Many of his artefacts such as posters and photographs have been kept in storage and will be on display for the first time.

Cllr Nicole Amil, Executive Lead for Tourism, Culture and Harbours, said: “This is a fantastic exhibition for Torre Abbey and is steeped in recent local history. Lionel has done many interesting things in his life including meeting world famous bands that visited the Bay during the 60s and 70s. It is great that he will be able to tell some of these stories through this wonderful exhibition.”

Did you attend any of his events at the Town Hall? Residents and visitors to the Bay are asked to share their best Lionel moments using the following hashtags on Twitter #MyFirstGig #GigAntics

The exhibition is suitable for all ages and will be open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm (last admission at 4pm).

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!