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2008-11-28 15:29:19

Officials in England's Torbay Council said police outside of area nightclubs will soon be handing out free flip-flops to women too drunk to walk in heels. Safer Communities Torbay, a partnership involving police, Torbay Council and the Local Education Authority, said the free flip-flops are part of a $60,000 program aimed at preventing alcohol-related harm, The Daily Mail reported Friday. Officials said the rubber flip-flops, which bear printed messages about safe drinking, will be given out...

2008-10-12 00:00:17

St matthias Church is putting on a 'extravaganza' as part of its celebrations of its 150th anniversary. Mark Lord-Lear, who is directing the son et lumiere show, explained there will be lighting, live music, a 75-strong choir, and a live band as well as the Bishop of Exeter taking a leading role. He will play the role of Bishop Henry Phillpotts who consecrated the Wellswood church in 1858. He said: "What we are doing is running through the history of the church over the last 150-years...

2008-10-11 00:00:18

Edited highlights of the Torbay's Got Talent final are proving a big hit on the web. Video from the Babbacombe Theatre event can be found online at www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk along with a slideshow of pictures. On Friday 13-year-old Emily Kindon walked away as the winner and landed a professional contract with the venue. Because of her age, the pounds500 cash prize and ability to represent Torbay in the national Search For A Star competition went to 16-year-old opera singer Teresa...

2008-10-07 00:00:34

By HANNAH TAYLOR Age Concern Torbay is inviting over 55s and carers to talk to Bay MP Adrian Sanders about care for older people. The event is being held at Brookfield House, Brookfield Close, Paignton, on Friday between 10.30am and 12.30pm. The meeting is part of a major new campaign by Age Concern, The Big Q, which aims to challenge all politicians to give a commitment to improve the quality of care for older people. The outcome of the event will feed into the campaign. Steve...

2008-10-07 00:00:30

By GLENN PRICE Oldway Primary School is on the road to a fun future. The Paignton school now has its own 17-seater minibus to transport pupils. Added to that, the school has again achieved the Investor in People standard, showing it is dedicated to improving performance for staff. Peter Maunder, head teacher, said: "It is a privilege to lead such a talented team of people who are committed to providing the very best learning experiences for our pupils. "In addition, we continue to...

2008-10-07 00:00:28

By NAOMI TOLLEY The deputy leader of the Lib Dems has given his backing to Bay MP Adrian Sanders - branding Mr Sanders' recent skirmish with a party activist as 'fierce defence of our party'. Vince Cable was in the Bay on a flying visit yesterday. Speaking to defend Mr Sanders, he said: "Nobody I have spoken to has said anything against Mr Sanders." The resort's MP hit the national headlines after he pushed over former Lib Dem press mogul Mark Littlewood in a heated row at last month's...

2008-10-07 00:00:26

By JONPAUL HEDGE It is second time lucky for 13-year-old Emily Kindon as she proved beyond all doubt that Torbay's Got Talent. The St Cuthbert Mayne schoolgirl beat off stiff competition in a tense, close-run final which saw the leaders change position several times. Emily, from Paignton, first entered the Babbacombe Theatre competition last year. But this time around - after renditions of God Help The Outcasts and Valerie - she walked away with the top spot and a professional...

2008-10-05 00:00:24

A young man was taken to hospital after being attacked by a cow in a farmyard outside Newton Abbot yesterday. The air ambulance together with a land ambulance and rapid response vehicle attended the scene at Bickington just after 10.30am. The casualty, aged 20, suffered lower leg injuries after being kicked by the cow. An ambulance spokeswoman said the patient was 'conscious and breathing' at the scene before being taken by land ambulance to Torbay Hospital for treatment. The air...

2008-10-05 00:00:11

Land at Beacon Cove could be cleared to allow for eight traditional, brightly painted beach huts, a kiosk and a communal shower hut. The Hemel Hempstead Company, whose owner lives in Torquay, owns the steeply sloping land above Beacon Cove on Torquay's harbourside, sandwiched between the Living Coasts attraction and The Imperial Hotel. The site, on the east of Beacon Cove, is currently overgrown. It once formed part of the Imperial Hotel complex, providing access to the beach. A derelict...

2008-10-04 00:00:18

We have a treat for Eva Cassidy fans. We have five copies of her latest album 'Somewhere' to give away. Released on Blix Records, it contains 12 previously unreleased songs and is the first 'all new' album for five years. Our competition coincides with the award-winning show Over the Rainbow at Torquay's Princess Theatre, on Sunday night. Faye Tozer of Steps fame stars in the leading role of Eva. It is the second time she will have visited Torquay for the role. Since its first...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.