1. Tour of
4. Small News
1. Stage 7 of the
Tour of Britain Cycle Race
South Hams reports: " In Dartmouth
alone, the streets were packed - in some places eight deep - to
watch the riders cross the finishing line which overlooked the
beautiful harbour. More than 1,000 cars parked in the South Hams
District Council-run Park and Ride with the overflow field being
used at Venn Lane.
Race organisers were delighted with the Devon-wide turnout to
the penultimate stage of the race which was eventually won on
Sunday by Plymouth cyclist Jon Tiernan-Locke – the first
home-grown winner for 19 years.
South Hams District Council Leader Cllr John Tucker was thrilled
that the South Hams was looking at its very best for a worldwide
TV audience, showing the area as a premier destination. He
said: “It was a fantastic day – good for Devon and spectacular
for the South Hams. The overhead TV cameras showing our
beautiful coastline was great for the tourism industry and a
real boost for businesses in the area. It really sold us to the
Mick Bennett, Race Director of The Tour of Britain, said: “That
was the best atmosphere I’ve experienced at a stage in the nine
years we’ve been running The Tour of Britain and it’s equal to
that of The Tour de France. To see crowds of such big
proportions was unbelievable. They were Tour de France size
crowds. For me it was fantastic, the best stage we’ve ever had.”
After the race, Cllr Rosemary Rowe, Chairman of South Hams
District Council, presented the Rouleur Combativity Award to
Samuel Sanchez, one of the most popular cyclists in the race.
Sanchez was a gold medal winner in the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Men's Road Race."
From our perspective this was one of
the nicest family events ever to have taken place in Dartmouth.
Our Facebook page had 7,381 direct hits on our race coverage,
and there was a direct link to our tourism Dartmouth dot TV
website, if you are not advertising with us your business will
have missed out, we expect Food Festival to be as good so don't
get left out again!
Continental Market and Fete
The sun shone brilliantly on
Dartmouth for the Tour of Britain Cycle Race and the town
hosted a Continental Market where colours, tastes and smells
from all over Europe welcomed visitors to the Old Market,
while family fun and charity stalls entertained on
Coronation Park. With excellent TV coverage we are
sure many of them will want to come back soon.
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
Chick Lit Night with Adele Parks
Weds 26th September, treats from
6pm, talk at 7.30pm : In a variation on the theme of the
very popular ‘Chick Flick’ nights, the Flavel have their
first night dedicated to the joys of ‘Chick Lit’.
Adele Parks author of 12 bestselling novels has sold over 2
million copies of her work in the UK and is translated into
25 different languages. She’ll be visiting The Flavel to
talk about the inspiration behind her latest book, Whatever
It Takes, which is set in Dartmouth. Adele is known for
scrutinizing our theories of love, motherhood and infidelity
with honesty and humour. She examines the thorny issues of
the lives we lead today with her trademark, up-front,
Her talk will include an insight into what it takes to
become a published author and some top tips for getting a
foot hold on the established writer ladder. After the talk
she will take any questions from the audience and will also
be available for book signings.
The treats are available from 6pm and include a free
mini-manicure by the Cove (on a first come first served
basis), a free glass of wine and a free trade paperback copy
of Adele’s latest novel. Threads Clothing and Helen Butler
Jewellery will also be at the Flavel with lots of tempting
goodies to buy. Tickets only £12 from the Flavel Box Office
or online by clicking
4. Small News
End of Season Sale
at home ….
Want to grab some bargains? Then pop along to
home ….at 17 Foss Street
where we are having a massif sale.
Loads of lovely things on offer including some Emma
Bridgewater pieces. So don’t delay … come on down !
Did you hear about
the school of dolphins that accompanied the cruise ship
Le Diamant as she left the mouth of the Dart? They were
only on our Facebook page,
here to read it. And if you want to keep up to
date you need to "Like" the page, not the photo!
Are you an
accommodation provider in Dartmouth ? Talking of
Facebook, during Regatta we got over 31,000 direct
views, not hits, but actual views! We got another
5,458 on the Dolphins and an even more amazing 7,381 on
the cycle race. Every time we get a view there is
the opportunity to check out
where all the best Hotel's, B&B's and self catering
accommodation is. If they like what they see, and
then go on to other websites and see your place on each
one, their confidence builds and you will get a booking,
probably from the last website they visited. They
need to see your accommodation on ours first and then on
the other two big sites. Our rates are only one
third of a pint of beer a week! Are you with us,
here to check ?
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
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