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A wet wipe monster and giant seagulls have invaded Teignmouth

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Wallace the Wet Wipe Monster and two giant seagulls have made a visit to Teignmouth to explain more about how we can keep our beaches clean and seas sparkling.

Three days of entertainment and education and street theatre and family activities are taking place this week in the seaside town to celebrate life beside the seaside and explain more about how we can keep our beaches clean and seas sparkling.

The activities have been funded by Teignbridge District Council and Teignmouth Town Council, working with the Environment Agency, South West Water, the Marine Conservation Society and Teignmouth Recycled Art In The Landscape (TRAIL).

Love Your Beach' Teignmouth, Marine Conservation Society's Wallace the Wet Wipe Monster

On Tuesday, there was monster fun on the sands as the Marine Conservation Society brought Wallace the Wet Wipe Monster* to Teignmouth Beach to help people understand why flushing the wrong stuff down the loo is bad, both financially and environmentally

Wallace is a bespoke art installation and stands at over 3m tall and 8m wide. He inflates from a very small pile of wipes on the sand to a 8m wide x 3.5m tall monster and can disappear back into the shore at regular intervals during the day.

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Giant Seagulls in Teignmouth

Friendly faces from the Love Your Beach campaign group also joined Wallace to provide tips and advice about looking after the beach.

On Wednesday, giant seagulls were also performing in Teignmouth and generally making a noisy spectacle of themselves. The street theatre has been organised to highlight the importance of caring for the environment and discourage people from feeding seagulls – but in a fun and appealing way!

Done as part of the BeachWise partnership*** Teignbridge, the Environment Agency, South West Water, Town Development Manager Tracey Scranage and Teignmouth Traders Chairman Keith Underhill will pop into businesses to hand out stickers and posters for food businesses to use.

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On Thursday, look out for Big Rory, a six foot, stilt-walking Scotsman and his enormous dog Orchie. They will be explaining the dangers that dog poo poses to our coastal waters.

Those prone to leaving their dog’s mess behind won’t want to be caught by these two! People will be encouraged to take part in a survey ( www.teignbridge.gov.uk/dogsurvey ) on proposals to introduce a new Public Space Protection Order to deal with the minority of people who don’t pick up after their pet.

Love Your Beach' Teignmouth, Marine Conservation Society's Wallace the Wet Wipe Monster

Cllr Phil Bullivant, Teignbridge District Council’s Executive member for Recreation and Leisure, said: “This is a great programme of events, underlined with a strong message about looking after our beaches and swimming waters.

“We have successfully retained our Seaside Award for Teignmouth and need everyone to do what they can to help us to keep our beaches and the coast as clean as possible. This is an example of how Teignbridge works with others to highlight important issues but make it fun and entertaining too.”

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Cllr Paul Burgess, Mayor of Teignmouth, said: “Having fun with a superb range of activities is a great way to get the vital message across of how we can keep our beaches and sea safe and clean.

“These activities will be great fun for both residents and visitors. I very much hope that all people will take the message seriously and work towards protecting our beautiful environment.”

'Love Your Beach' Teignmouth, David Vaughan Teignmouth Harbour Master with his pledge

Tracy Scranage Town Centre Development Manager for Teignmouth and Dawlish said: “Love them or not, overzealous seagulls are a perennial problem in our town centre, beach and promenade.

“We will giving businesses stickers to put on their packaging informing customers of the problems caused by the gulls particularly outside food outlets. We will also be providing education through entertainment in the coming weeks and putting posters up throughout the town.”

TRAIL’s spokeswoman Amy McCarthy said: “We’re delighted to be hosting Wallace as part of TRAIL 2017. Working with other organisations helps put Teignmouth at the heart of the environmental art movement and compliment the messages behind the sculptures wonderfully.

Teignmouth flood defence works nearing completion as last of the…

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Flood defence works in Teignmouth that will provide vital coastal flood protection for up to 400 homes and businesses in the town will be complete by September as the last of the 72 steel sheet piles have been installed.

The £1.3million flood defence scheme started in February and focuses on the repair, renewal and strengthening of the sea defence structure at The Point.

GVs of the flood defense work in Teignmouth

Initially it was due to be completed by July, but was delayed until September after additional essential repair work was identified to tackle erosion under the sea wall.

Work is being carried out by local firm Teignmouth Maritime Services Ltd (TMS) and a Teignbridge Council spokesman confirmed that last week the last of the 72 steel sheet piles were installed.

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They added: “The work has been challenging because engineers have had to drill through a secondary set of steel sheet piles that are up to 6metres deep under the wall before they could install a capping beam and slab that further reinforce it, but they have worked around to carry out the work.”

They added that the work would see them filling the voids with structural concrete and anchor steel sheet piles that ensure it is able to resist the wave forces it is subjected to all year round.

GVs of the flood defense work in Teignmouth

She continued: “Following the completion of the work, TMS will remain on site for another month in case there are any additional works or emergency repairs that need to be carried out.

“At the same time, resurfacing work will be carried out in The Point car park during mid-September. Further details will be confirmed closer to the time.”

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Parts of The Point car park have been used for stockpiling materials and onsite facilities. Sections have now been released back into use for parking with two-thirds of the 251-space car park now free for residents and visitors to use with more spaces being released as work continues.

GVs of the flood defense work in Teignmouth

Signs are in the car park show people the nearest parking alternatives are at Brunswick Street, The Quay and Eastcliff. More details are at www.teignbridge.gov.uk/parking

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Voids are caused by sea water washing out fill material from behind the wall, and has probably been happening over a number of years. A similar void was repaired when it opened up on Teignmouth’s promenade after a major storm in December 2015.

The cost of the project has been funded by the Government through the flood defence grant in aid administered by the Environment Agency. The budget contained a contingency in case additional works were required.

Ten year plan to restore Teignmouth’s Grand Pier to its former…

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Teignmouth’s Grand Pier will be restored to its former glory – but only with the support of the public.

The owners of the Grand Pier have set out a ten year plan that notwithstanding catastrophes, aims to get their 152-year-old pier back to her former elegance.

But directors of the Pier say that they need people to come and use the Victorian Pier or else they won’t be able to fund the necessary works.

They say that this summer numbers of visitors to the Pier have been down which has meant that the Open Deck area of the Pier that has already been closed to two years could be closed further.

Lucie Cooper, director of Teignmouth Pier, said: “As we are a small family enterprise and self-funded with enormous insurance costs, due to the nature of our business, we have set out a ten year plan. Notwithstanding catastrophes we aim to get our 152 year old pier back to her former elegance.

“We rely on visitors to our town and usually the busiest is during the summer months where we take enough money to see us through winter maintenance, wages and electricity. When you see lots of people on board having fun during August remember that those people aren’t there during the winter, but we are and continually working behind the scenes.

“We don’t want her to fall in to the sea. We are third generation custodians of this Victorian structure and get no help from anywhere else, so in the meantime you will have to bear with us until she WILL be restored to her former glory.”

She said that it has been a tough summer for them this year as numbers of visitors to the Pier are down and they have not been as busy as they would have hoped – something they partly put down to a lack of car parking in Teignmouth for visitors as the Point car park has been partially out of action while Teignbridge Council undertake their flood defence scheme.

Lucie added that they have a lot of work on the Pier that they want to do when they can and when they have the funds following last winter’s work when armoured steel was installed under the decking to protect the pier from any future storm damage.

She said: “Last winter we heavily invested in design and the installation of 14 tonnes of steel baffles under the front section of the building. These, we hope will help to deflect the strength of any waves battering underneath thereby avoiding any possible major damage.

“We have replaced the broken and missing cement board sides with a new treatment. Having already replaced these boards three times and lost them, yet again to high seas, we hope this new idea will withstand whatever waves are thrown at us.

“The end of the building near to the open deck has been replaced and tidied up and now matches the original new build, but we still have the outside deck area to replace with some piles and tie bars that are needing repair. But this year time and finances ran out.

“The open deck on the Pier has been closed for two years and it hasn’t reopened because we need the funds to do the repair work and we didn’t have the funds.

“The overall aim is to have a clear walkway for promenading with a number of seating options so that visitors can enjoy the beautiful seafront and surrounding coastline, but estimated costs are hundreds of thousands, spread over the ten years, and of course will only be carried out in the off-season.

“Teignmouth is a small, fabulous and beautiful beach resort and we are lucky enough to have a pier at the seaside. So many resorts no longer have a pier due to the cost of upkeep, storms or fires.

“We hope that you will continue to support us, as you have over the years, so that we can again be proud of our Victorian heritage, but we do need the support of the public. We need people to come and play and use the Pier. We want to work hard to make sure that the Pier looking fabulous and is restored to her former glory, but we need the funds to do it.”

The 152-year-old pier was ravaged by storms in February, 2014, when powerful waves ripped through the wooden floors and tossed the heavyweight arcade machines around.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused and the pier was shut for seven months.

See inside the renovated iconic Riviera Cinema in Teignmouth

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Renovations to Teignmouth’s iconic Riviera Cinema are well under way – and the works that have been carried out have transformed the building already. Plans by Mars Hill Church to renovate and refurbish the restaurant, function room and auditorium of the Grade II listed building in Den were approved by Teignbridge Council planners earlier this year.

As part of the renovations, the Mars Hill Church plan to bring the restaurant back to a 1930s art deco style, while the auditorium/cinema will remain as much as possible as it stands now, but will be re-wired for sound and stage lighting with the view to hold theatre productions, and in time, installing a new screen for the use as a cinema as well.

Parts of the building have already reopened to the public but further work is still needed to be carried out before the Tea Rooms can open and that films can once again be shown in the Cinema.


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Chrissie Morris, the Church Administrator, said: “The Riviera building is home to Mars Hill Church and at the moment, Sunday services as well as other meetings, groups and youth work all happen in various parts of the building.

“In addition to this, the Red Rock Harmony choir uses the Riviera Auditorium as their practice ‘home’ and meet every Thursday evening.

“We have plans to repair and recover all the seats in the auditorium put, new carpets on the stairs and replace the lift to make the whole building accessible to everybody and eventually, when all the work is completed, we hope to be able to start showing some films again also—but this is still some way off.

“We are aiming to open the Tea Rooms as soon as we can so that the community will be able to enjoy using the terrace for their coffee and cakes, light meals and afternoon teas. Current work is being undertaken in the kitchens, where sadly, there had been a water leak, for many years it appears, which had rotted the floor and which necessitated the renewal of a large area.


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“The kitchen has been enlarged to enable all food preparation and cooking to be done in the same area and this will become The Riviera Tea Rooms as soon as all this work is completed.”

The renovations have been carried out by skilled craftsmen and trades people who are part of the Mars Hill Church and work has been financed by donations from those who attend Mars Hill Church regularly.

Chrissie added: “As a considerable amount has already been spent on restoring this wonderful building to its former glory, we continue to look for ways to raise funds.”

When the plans to approve the Grade II listed building were granted, Pastor Dave Longman said: “We want to do the building credit and bring it back to its former glory and make it a viable space for the community.

“The aims are to restore and protect the historic fabric of the building. None of the exterior will be touched and inside we hope to preserve the historic fabric and bring this building back to life.”


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Originally built as the Assembly Hall in 1825, the Riviera became the first venue in the town to show films, before closing in March 2000.


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New medical group to serve 10,000 patients in Teignmouth will…

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The amalgamation of two Teignmouth GP surgeries will improve an improved and better service to patients, bosses have stated. The new Teignmouth Medical Group has 10,000 patients on its book following its creation at the start of August.

It sees the former Teignmouth Medical Practice, with its 7,500 patients, and the 2,500 patients from the Richmond House Surgery, come together to form the new Medical Group, which bosses say will secure its future.

Dr Elizabeth Brown, a senior partner at Teignmouth Medical Practice, said: “The alignment, which is not a merger, has created a larger and more sustainable practice which will ensure that collaboratively we shall be able to maintain and improve the services we offer to all of our patients.

“All patients will have access to clinical and administrative services at both sites.


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“The bigger practice that we are, the more secure and safer we are and we will be in a better position to offer extra services, but it also means going forward the medical group is more attractive for new doctors or members of staff.

“We are quite excited about this and we have generally heard good things from the 10,000 patients as well, and the Patient Support Group is on board with this as well.”

She added that all the staff have been retained and that no patients need to re-register with the practice.

She also said that all patients will still be able to see their GP of choice, but they will have a wider range of GPs that they could see.

The Teignmouth Medical Practice has been running since the start of August, and Dr Brown added that things had gone well in the first two weeks.


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Owner of troubled Teignmouth hotel denies to assault charges

The owner of a troubled Teignmouth hotel who has been branded a ‘female Basil Fawlty’ is due in court today charged with assaulting five people and a police officer.

Former barrister Shirley Bothroyd, 59, who owns the Bay Hotel, pleaded not guilty to seven charges when she appeared in at Torquay Magistrates’ Court on July 28.

She was charged with five counts of assault, one count of assaulting a police officer and one count of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour. The offences occurred in June 2017.

She also denied failing without reasonable cause to surrender to custody at Torquay Magistrates’ Court having been released on bail in criminal proceedings on July 12 at Torquay Magistrates’ Court.The case was adjourned and Bothroyd, who was granted conditional bail by magistrates, is due to appear at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on August 9.

Bothroyd, of the Bay Hotel, bought the prominent seafront building in 2013 for £1.5million and hit national papers after a series of online reviewers branded her a ‘female Basil Fawlty’.

The Bay Hotel was built in 1869 for the Earl of Devon. The accommodation offers 18 bedrooms including a Penthouse apartment and a four-poster suite, three family rooms, six double rooms, five twin rooms and two single rooms.

But the hotel has been troubled recently and the emergency services have prepared a dossier to present to Teignbridge Council to seek a closure order under anti-social behaviour legislation.

If the emergency services are successful in presenting their case for a closure order to the local authority, the hotel would be boarded up and the electricity supply to the hotel would be disconnected. No one would be allowed to enter the hotel.

The closure order follows three calls in the space of a week at the hotel – one of which was a fire in which destroyed the penthouse bedroom.

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life by the police in relation of the fire on July 11. Police have confirmed that as no August 8, no charges have yet been brought against the pair.

Staff and owners at iconic Teignmouth seafront café…

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Owners of the iconic Beachcomber Café in Teignmouth which was destroyed by a fire on July 25 have thanked customers for their patience, and reassured them that they will be ‘running as quickly as possible’.

The blaze destroyed the kitchen, takeaway and service areas, and the rest of the iconic seafront building has been left badly damaged by smoke and water.

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Now, the owners of the much-loved café have taken to Facebook to reassure customers and well-wishers that they are working hard to reopen as soon as they can.

They wrote: “Just a quick update to say thank you for your patience, our aim is to get our cafe up and running as quickly as possible and we are working hard behind the scenes to achieve this.

Fire in the Beachcomber Cafe on Teignmouth seafront on July 25, 2017

“We miss seeing our regulars every day and are looking forward to seeing you all as soon as possible.”

Three appliances from Teignmouth, Dawlish and Torquay, and an Operational Assurance Officer, were sent to the Beachcomber café in Teignmouth after several calls reporting a fire.

On arrival of the first appliance, the assistance of a fourth fire engine was requested, which was sent from Paignton.

By 11pm the kitchen area of the café was well alight and the remainder of the property was heavily smoke logged.

Fire in the Beachcomber Cafe on Teignmouth seafront on July 25, 2017

Police were requested to deal with large crowds as six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire close-up.

Crowds gathered on the waterfront last night as part of the carnival week, with a funfair on The Den and live music attracting large numbers of people.

The two storey building is owned by Teignbridge Council which says it is working with cafe leaseholders Ralph and Vicky Brown to come up with long and short term solutions.

Teignbridge Council, which owns the building on the Promenade and the toilets below facing The Den, said: “We are working with our loss adjusters and the tenantto review the safety of the building and investigate the cause of the fire.

Fire in the Beachcomber Cafe on Teignmouth seafront on July 25, 2017

“Talks are planned with the tenant to come up with a short and long termsolution. We would like to thank the emergency services for their swiftresponse in dealing with this incident.”

Teignmouth and Teignbridge Cllr Jacqui Orme, who works at the Beachcomber, added: “The community are completely behind them. There is great affection in our local community for the Beachcomber. Just about everyboyd knows people who have worked there at some time.

“For a small town it’s a very important part of the community. The staff are like one big family. It’s the kind of business that goes the extra mile to help people. They have raised a lot for local charities over the years, giving scones and holding cream teas and letting people hold fundraising events there in the evenings. They go the extra mile without making a fuss and that’s why everybody locally is so upset.”

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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Probe into fire that destroyed Beachcomber cafe on Teignmouth…

An investigation has been launched into the cause of a fire which destroyed one of Devon’s most iconic beach front cafes.

Insurers, loss adjusters and fire investigators are looking at the structural damage to the Beachcomber Cafe on Teignmouth promenade, opposite the pier after a fire on Tuesday night which has destroyed the kitchen, takeaway and service areas. The rest of the iconic seafront building has been left badly damaged by smoke and water.

The cafe and the public toilets on the lower level facing The Den are both closed and there were fears that Thursday night’s Teignmouth Carnival parade might have been cancelled. The mayor of Teignmouth, Paul Burgess, said portable toilets have now been brought in and the carnival procession has been saved.

The two storey building is owned by Teignbridge Council which says it is working with cafe leaseholders Ralph and Vicky Brown to come up with long and short term solutions.

The Beachcomber’s staff are bravely taking part in the Teignmouth Carnival parade. They have thanked people in the community for the overwhelming support since the “awful events of Tuesday evening”

The Beachcomber owners said today: “We have been completely overwhelmed by the kindness of our friends, customers, local clubs and businesses since we suffered the awful events of Tuesday evening and send out a heartfelt thank you.

“The offers of help range from hands on cleaning through to the loan of equipment to assist us in getting our beloved cafe up and running, if we haven’t yet been in touch then please bear with us.


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“There is a huge amount going on behind the scenes and we hope to post an update next week with our plans moving forward.

“Our colleagues will be in the Teignmouth Carnival procession on Thursday evening so please give them an extra special wave as they go past.

“We are currently closed but we are very busy working behind the scenes to get our lovely cafe up and running as quickly as possible. Thank you all for your continued support in what has been a very difficult time.”

Teignbridge Council, which owns the building on the Promenade and the toilets below facing The Den, said: “We are working with our loss adjusters and the tenantto review the safety of the building and investigate the cause of the fire.

“Talks are planned with the tenant to come up with a short and long termsolution. We would like to thank the emergency services for their swiftresponse in dealing with this incident.”

Teignmouth and Teignbridge Cllr Jacqui Orme, who works at the Beachcomber, added: “The community are completely behind them. There is great affection in our local community for the Beachcomber. Just about everyboyd knows people who have worked there at some time.

“For a small town it’s a very important part of the community. The staff are like one big family. It’s the kind of business that goes the extra mile to help people. They have raised a lot for local charities over the years, giving scones and holding cream teas and letting people hold fundraising events there in the evenings. They go the extra mile without making a fuss and that’s why everybody locally is so upset.”

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