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Dawlish: Exploring The Past

9 March


Exploring The Past

Following the sell-out success of their Dawlish History Evening at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the autumn, local historians David Force and Jimmy Hill are back at The Shaftesbury Theatre on 9 March at 7pm!

The evening will be divided into two halves. David will give an illustrated talk on how Dawlish grew from a small fishing village into an elegant seaside resort during Georgian and Victorian times. This was mainly due to the influence of three gentlemen: Charles Hoare, John Edye Manning and, of course, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It’s a fascinating story.

After the interval, Jim will present a hilarious, no-holds-barred account of his life growing up in Dawlish during the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. This was before there were any supermarkets in the area when you could buy almost anything and everything in the local shops. It was also a time when everyone knew everyone else, and the local bobby could give you a clip round the ear for being cheeky!

Whether you are a Dawlishian born and bred, or whether you have moved into the town and have an interest in its history, this is an evening not to be missed. David and Jim are passionate about Dawlish and this really shows through during their presentations. Book early to avoid disappointment

All profits go to Rosie Dawson’s mayoral charities: Devon Air Ambulance, Dawlish Museum and Dawlish Library.

Tickets go on sale from 10am on Monday 15 January. 



9 March
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Shaftesbury Theatre
Brunswick Place
Dawlish, Devon EX7 9PB United Kingdom
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Dawlish Repertory Company