1. Music Festival
3. The Olympic
5. Life before
6. Small News
1. Music Festival
Days before we had rain, floods and
wind. But right on cue the sun came out and shone for the
whole event! For more pictures over the last six years, go
to our tribute site by
here. Star of the Festival was the young local band
Carbon Chemistry shown above on the left. This young band
have very real talent and brought tears to the eyes of those who
remember the 1970's University music scene, especially "Stolen
Click here to hear them.
Dartmouth is preparing to open a
fitting tribute to one of its most famous – and most unsung
heroes – Thomas Newcomen whose invention of the steam engine
made him the founding father of the Industrial Revolution
and became the touchstone that put Great in Great Britain.
Next Tuesday (May 22) at 5pm
Dartmouth’s Alvin Smith, inventor of the Searaser wave pump,
will set the old engine in motion once again to officially
open celebrations to mark the anniversary.
Just prior to that at 4pm (May
22) Mr Smith will be unveiling the eight foot high Newcomen
monolith, featuring his name and a profile of his engine.
This memorial to Newcomen, is designed to help re-emphasise
the connection between the town and the famous engineer on
the Norton Roundabout at the entrance to the town.
Saturday 26th May 7:00pm a
special fund raising and auction evening at the Dartmouth
Apprentice. Wine, canapés and music, tickets only £5
from Baxters Gallery, the Tourist Information Centre and the
Flavel. Get your tickets now!
The project, which includes a mini-plaza with “Newcomen
Engine 1712” spelled out in red paving against charcoal
coloured blocks, aims to open up and highlight the main
entrance way to the museum which houses one of the oldest
working examples of his atmospheric engine. It is designed
to underline the importance of this epoch-making invention,
by the town’s ironmonger-turned inventor, and ensure it is
displayed as a lasting legacy in his birthplace.
The project is being led locally by the Newcomen 300
Committee, and has the backing of Dartmouth Town Council and
South Hams District Council, who own and manage the gardens.
This year marks 300th anniversary of his invention which
changed the world and heralded in the age of steam.
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
The Olympic Torch
This Sunday May 20
The Torch arrives in Dartmouth at 11.32 at the junction with
Milton Lane and is then carried along Yorke Road, Townstal
Road, College Way, Coombe Road, North Embankment, Spithead,
The Quay, Mayor’s Avenue, North Embankment, Ridge Hill,
College Way and into Britannia Royal Naval College for the
At 1.07pm, the Torch leaves the
Royal Naval College and turns uphill along College Way,
Townstal Road, and in to Sainsbury’s car park on Nelson
At 1.46pm it is due to leave the
car park and turn on Townstal Road (A381) towards Totnes as
far as the speed limit sign.
4. Facebook and helping to " Keep Dartmouth
There is some news and pictures
that we don't publish in this weekly news. They are
not overwhelming, never
than one a day, and often only a couple of times a week.
You don't have to participate, just " Like " the Facebook
page to get our extra news.
Some of the news is specifically
information for local people and is often simply not
available anywhere else.
to have a look, or on the Facebook Logo - you might find
breaking news that isn't here today!
And can you help us too ?
We want to increase our Facebook page to 10 times more
"likes", so let all your friends know and get them to hit
the like button please?
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Life before College Way
The Dartmouth Museum have
started a remarkable collection of digitised images,
click here to see them. This photo shows College
Way being built, if you want to see the big photo with more
click here. The photo was taken around 1969, look
how few boats there are on the river? but click on the
photo to see the big version?
6. Small News
The picture of the
river with the trees at the top of this news, was taken
on Sunday about a mile up the river.
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