Some local (and otherwise) news


News courtesy of Kevin Foster

Train Disruption this Weekend

Due to further engineering work being carried out by Network Rail to repair signalling equipment at
Dawlish, starting on the late evening of April 26 and continuing all day on the 27 April, the coastal lines will be closed.

Passengers travelling on any journeys involving travel between Exeter & Newton Abbot will be using rail replacement bus services with revised timings. There will be a train service running to/from Newton Abbot which will operate to a revised timetable.

Could You Be The Friendly Face Of Holidays in the Bay?

The English Riviera Tourism Company will be organising photo-shoots across Torquay, Paignton, Brixham and Babbacombe Bay this summer and are looking for some new faces for the 2015 destination guide.

They are particularly looking for small family groups, grandparents, mums, dads and children aged 3 to 16. If you have a great smile, are confident and take pride in your appearance, with some free time between May & August you could be the person they are looking for.

If you are interested in the first instance send a photo of you and any of your family members who wish to apply to by the 16th May 2014. Photos must be no more than 6 months old.

Summer Parking Charges Start

The £2 all day parking promotion comes to an end on 1st May.

The previous prices, plus an inflation increase, will return for the summer season – this includes the £8 daily rate.

The Council will be looking at the impact of the £2 daily rate which, it is hoped, will make a return for the Winter/Spring 2014-15. In the meantime residents of Torbay can purchase an Off Peak Permit for £50 a year that allows use of most Council Car Parks (Including short stay) from 3pm till 10am the next morning. Perfect if you live in an area with limited parking, but a nearby Council Car Park that is open overnight, or you just need to make a short visit to the shops/bank.

You can find out more about the off peak permit by clicking here.

Got Your Dancing Feet?

A Dance Extravaganza will take place today, Saturday 26th April, between  3:00pm and 5:00pm. The cost is £3 adults, £2 under 16’sand includes refreshments. The event is being arranged by St Andrew’s Church.

Bank Holiday Events

Here is a selection, but, as always, you will find more details of things to do on the English Riviera website by clicking here:

1.Brixham Pirate Festival, 3 – 5 May

Pirates will once again be massing in Brixham on the early May Bank Holiday weekend as this historic fishing port celebrates its colourful past.  Visitors can join in the swashbuckling atmosphere full of pirate characters with swords clashing, cannons blasting, muskets firing and the largest collection of pirates seen outside Portugal! The festival is free to attend; up to 20,000 visitors are expected over the three days and park and ride transport will be in place throughout.

2.BMAD MotorBike Festival, Paignton Seafront, 2 – 4 May

The Bikers Make a Difference (BMAD) Festival is gearing up for fun as this family-friendly annual festival roars into town.  In addition to the gleaming and lovingly polished ‘mile of bikes’ and aerial thrills and spills from the freestyle motocross team and other arena acts, there’s also a full programme of music with around 16 live bands plus lots of fun stands.  The whole event is organised by volunteers in aid of  local charities.

3.TorqEat Food and Drink Festival, Torquay 3 and 4 May

A food lovers’ paradise around Torquay’s famous harbourside, TorqEat brings some of the region’s top chefs to create a vibrant programme of cooking demonstrations that will add excitement and atmosphere to the festival, which showcases over 40 local food and drink producers. There will also be a wide range of skilled arts and crafts makers demonstrating their wares.

New Pathe Newsreel Footage Released

This week Pathe News released thousands of newsreels from its archives, including some of the Bay in the swinging 60’s.

You can see those and other films of Torquay on the Pathe Web site.

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