Teignmouth parkrun could be up and running in October – but…

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Volunteers need to come forward to ensure that a planned parkrun for Teignmouth can get under way. Following the success of other Devon parkruns in Bovey Tracey and Paignton, the free weekly 5k timed runs will soon become a regular Saturday morning event in the seaside town.

A provisional course in the Eastcliffe-Mules Park Cliffside area has been established and now organisers are celebrating having been granted approval for the event by Teignbridge Council.

But volunteers are needed to help co-ordinate the parkruns on Saturday mornings and without them, the event won’t begin.

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Teignmouth mayor Cllr Paul Burgess, who is promoting the runs with the backing of the town and district councils, said: “We have been given formal permission from Teignbridge District Council to use Mules Park for the Parkrun.

“But we need volunteers to help man the routes if people do want this event to happen as without the volunteers, it can’t happen.

“It doesn’t take a lot as we are not asking for too much, just to stand at point which way people need to go on a few Saturday mornings.

“We will have another meeting in September about this, and if all goes well and volunteers come forward, parkrun in Teignmouth could be operating by October.”

Around 300 people each week have been descending on the Torbay Velopark in Paignton since the first official parkrun in Torbay was launched on New Year’s Eve and hundreds also go to Bovey Tracey for the Parke Parkrun.

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Other parkruns locally take place in Barnstaple, Bideford, Exeter Riverside, Killerton, Minehead and Seaton.

Cllr Burgess said that the route would consist of a couple of laps of Mules Park.

A junior parkrun of 2k for children aged between four and 14 will also be established.

The Parkrun movement started in 2004 with just 13 runners and a handful of volunteers and is now the UK’s largest provider of free physical activity.

Founded by Paul Sinton-Hewitt in 2004, the idea of Parkrun grew from the initial Bushy Parkrun event (originally called Bushy Park Time Trial in London) into a small collection of events called the UK Time Trials and then into Parkrun in 2010.

Events now take place every week in the UK, Australia, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Singapore and the Czech Republic.

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Joint Teignmouth and Dawlish airshow could provide £3m…

The mayor of Teignmouth says he has no doubts whatsoever that a proposed airshow for Teignmouth and Dawlish for 2018 will happen – and it could provide a £3m boost to the economy.

Early stages of negotiations around a two day event at the back end of the summer of 2018 have begun, with the aim being to hold the airshow in Teignmouth on Saturday, August 25, and then the following day in Dawlish.

Up to 150,000 people are expected to be attracted into the towns for the events which could bring economic boosts of around £3milllion to the economy.

The initial outlay for the first year of the event could cost around £150,000, but Cllr Paul Burgess, the mayor of Teignmouth, said they would hope to cover the costs of the displays through corporate sponsorship and that the event would not go ahead unless it was certain to break event.

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The long-running Dawlish Airshow was grounded in 2016 and 2017 as the organisers felt they needed to take a break and that the event couldn’t be financed respectively, but it is hoped that a two day airshow across the two towns could be held in 2018.

The organising committee consists of a many members of previous Dawlish Airshows plus additional expertise from business people from the two towns and although it is currently only in its initial planning stages, the Dawlish and Teignmouth Airshow has received enthusiastic responses from both Town Councils and has developed a business model which will allow for sustainability for years to come.

Tracy Scranage, Town Centre Development Manager said: “Organising a two town centre Airshow allows us for the first time to develop new and exciting areas of interest, ranging from specific themes for our young people, to Corporate Entertaining facilities and VIP areas.

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“The outline plan is to run two Airshow days in August next year, one day in Dawlish and the Warren and the other in Teignmouth. Some air displays will be common to both towns and others, specific to one town.

“Funding will be gained through numerous sources and we are trying to involve businesses from all sectors of the community and further afield.

“Bringing a much needed financial boost to both towns, the new style Airshow has as its main ethos to be an inclusive community event. Bringing both communities closer together in a joint project such as this will, in my opinion give both towns the opportunity to enjoy a weekend of joint entertainment and community cohesiveness.”

An emergency Teignmouth town council meeting was arranged for last Tuesday night to discuss the proposal and to decide whether the council should financially lack the scheme, but a decision on that was deferred until September when a more detailed report about the costings would be available.

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The meeting heard that insurance costs would be between £25,000 and £30,000, but that the former Dawlish Airshow committee did hold around £35,000 in reserves.

A community interest company would be formed to run the display if the final go-ahead was given.

Cllr Burgess added: “The support of the public was overwhelming and they all talked about how great it would be. I have no doubt whatsoever about the success of a potential airshow and I would be very surprised if this didn’t happen.

“It would be a major event for the area with 150,000 people able to watch the event. We are trying to finance the event through sponsorship alone and we hope to have a clear business plan so that all the money is raised before the event but it is onwards and upwards.”

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Concerns at the meeting were raised about possible traffic congestion in thetowns, but it was said that a park and ride scheme, probably operating out of Bishopsteignton would be used.

Cllr Doug Hellier Laing, Teignbridge Council’s executive member for Economy, Skills and Tourism, said that the district council could also help to finance the event.

He told Devon Live: “I like the proposal, and will support their proposition if I can, but qualifying that we at Teignbridge do not have a big chunk of money but I believe we might be able to help.

“I like the ideas about sponsorship and made a few suggestions where in the past I know big organisations have donated for community projects.

“Depending on any submission to Teignbridge, which has to be a sound business proposition along with a fully-costed plan showing the potential outgoings along with promised sponsorship, and then I am prepared to take the proposition to the Executive and Senior officers for consideration.”

A decision on whether Teignmouth town council would provide finance for the event was deferred until September when a more detailed report about the costings would be available.

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For £10,000 a ticket you could have ridden this luxury…

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Everybody moans about the price of rail travel these days, but this train might just be the most expensive ever seen on the railway lines of Devon. Early on Tuesday morning the rarely-seen Belmond Royal Scotsman Railtour passed along the spectacular seawall section between Dawlish Warren and Newton Abbot.

Our man at trackside was Thomas Mills of Teignmouth, who was on hand to capture the sight. He said: “Class 66s nos 66746 and 66744 double-headed the Belmond Royal Scotsman Railtour from Gloucester to Newton Abbot, and these locos ran round the train at Newton Abbot en route to Bath Spa.

“This train normally works up in Scotland, but on the odd occasion it does tour south of the border, and passengers have paid just under £10,000 per ticket to ride this posh train. It is doing a six-day tour of great Britain.”

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According to its own website, the Royal Scotsman is a bit special, to say the least. It reads: “From the moment you step aboard, our welcoming staff will make you feel like part of the family. Dine on world-class cuisine, rich with Scottish specialities, and embark on thrilling excursions each day.

“Life on board is relaxed yet indulgent. Unwind in your luxurious private cabin, or trade stories with your fellow travellers in the Observation Car. With just 40 guests, this is top choice for those travelling in intimate, inimitable style.”

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The Observation Car has an open-air veranda, while one of the cars is kitted out as a luxurious spa. There are 15 twin, three double and four single State and interconnecting cabins in the sleeping cars. Each one has a private bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet, constant hot water, high-quality toiletries and fresh towels every day.

The website goes on: “Lined with rich marquetry, each has been designed to offer the ultimate in luxury travel. Facilities include lower beds, a dressing table, a full-length wardrobe, individually controlled heating, ceiling fans, opening windows and a cabin service call button.

“On each bed there is a foam pillow, a hypoallergenic duvet and quilted cotton bed covers. With the train stabled at night in a quiet siding or station, a good night’s sleep is guaranteed.”

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