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   Dartmouth News                 16th November 2006 

1.    Regalia booklet launched

2.    Trade Talk

3.    Dartmouth Film Society  Separate Lies 

4.    Spa Treatment Demonstration Today

5.   TIC Launches new Web Site

6.    Memories of Dartmouth

7.    Remembrance Sunday

8.    News from Dartmouth dot TV


1.   Regalia booklet launched

Did you know that gold in the Mayor’s Chain, made in 1895, weighed almost 78 grammes and cost £234 5s 6d? Or that the Silver Oar, presented to the Mayor and Corporation of Dartmouth in 1721 by the then Duke of Cornwall (later King George II) was a symbol of the town’s rights as lessee of the Bailiwick of the water of Dartmouth? Nowadays a Pin in the shape of the Oar is worn by the Chairman of the Regatta Committee during the Dartmouth Royal Regatta to symbolise control of the river during Regatta.

Full descriptions and colour photographs of the chains of office, insignia, ceremonial maces and other regalia, together with interesting facts about the town’s seafaring and maritime past, as well as its history and heritage are contained in the Town Council’s recently re-published booklet on the Regalia. The booklet was officially launched last Friday afternoon in the Guildhall, where Town Sergeant, Ron Lambden, described each item and its history to invited guests.

You can buy a copy of the Regalia Booklet through the Town Council at the Guildhall, priced just £2.00 - an ideal stocking filler for anyone with an interest in our Town’s history?

2.   Trade Talk

This is an occasional column for B&B's and self caterers.

  • e-mail A lot of today's customers are very internet literate, they want to book a holiday, and they want to book it now.  We learnt from our Dartmouth Cottages days ( now Coast & Country ) that if we did not reply to an e-mail within 2 hours, we stood a greater than 50% chance of losing the booking.  We know that a few B&B's only check their e-mail once a week.  If your e-mail address is published anywhere at all, you need to check it at least twice a day.  And check that it is the correct address on every web site you are on, you may be very surprised!

  • Advertising  If you never advertise, it's unlikely you will get many bookings.  Why not advertise with us on Dartmouth dot TV, it's free! 

According to last Saturday's Western Morning News, Visit Britain spent £10 million of taxpayers' money on a web site no one wanted, it resulted in just 428 bookings in a year for the whole of the UK.   SHDC and the TIC spent weeks working on this.  At the end of the day, we firmly believe in "Destination" marketing.  Imagine a few, full page colour adverts in the Sunday Times Colour Supplement, how cool would that be?  There is money out there, we just all need to work together, B&B's, self caterers, hotels, agencies, shops, organisations and everyone.

3.    Dartmouth Film Society  Separate Lies Today

Rob Bird reports: Separate Lies is our film for Thursday 16th November.  A story of betrayal, illicit sex, hypocrisy and crime - perfect for a dull Thursday evening!

Gosford Park screenwriter Julian Fellowes makes a splendid debut as a director with this mesmerizing look at sex, lies and infidelity among the British upper crust. A husband (Tom Wilkinson) peers through a restaurant window and sees his wife (Emily Watson) kissing a man (Rupert Everett). We think we know everything until Fellowes pulls the rug out. When tragedy strikes, all three sides of this erotic triangle get tangled in a web of stinging duplicity and unexpected emotion. Watson and Everett, both superb, bring ferocity and feeling to their roles. But the one you won't forget is Wilkinson (In the Bedroom) in a towering performance of grace and grit.

Watch the trailer by clicking here

Guest tickets from The Windjammer 7.30 - 7.55 at £3.50.  Our bar at The Guildhall opens at 7.30. The film to start at 8.00 approx.

4.    Spa Treatment Demonstration

Dart Marina Hotel - Spa Treatment demonstration
Today Thursday 16th November 4-5pm

The Spa Therapists will be on hand to give advice on any of our Elemis treatments and products and will be demonstrating our new "Tri Enzyme Resurfacing Facial" - this is an ideal treatment for anyone with problem or aging skin and helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Tea and coffee will be available and everyone attending will receive a 25% treatment discount voucher.
For more information please call the Spa on 01803 837182.

5.   TIC Launches new Web Site

The Tourist Information Centre has  launched its new web site promoting Dartmouth.  At Dartmouth dot TV we are pleased with the high quality and excellent photographs, something we have always been very keen on.  It is important to support the TIC, it does a wonderful job of promoting Dartmouth and providing the all essential "post purchase support" for visitors to the town, who can find out from the TIC how to make their stay even better, and maybe come back time and time again.  Needless to say Dartmouth dot TV fully supports the TIC and you can find our advert here.

6.   Memories of Dartmouth

 "David Gent reports: This photo shows the Christmas lights being switched on in 1998. On the bandstand are (from left to right): myself (then Chairman of the Chamber of Trade); Rev Roger Flower; Commander Phil Ingham of Britannia Royal Naval College; the mayor and mayoress, Paul and Irene Darby; the late John Pockett (just seen), who was town sergeant; and in the Father Christmas suit, the late Peter Randall, who of course was also the town crier. In the photo below, you can see a BBC cameraman (he's on the left, next to the Daffy Duck balloon!) who was filming the event for the local news programme Spotlight. It was shown as part of the title sequence for the show throughout December, and the final Spotlight of the year came live from Dartmouth."

Really this is all just a subtle plug for the Grand Christmas Lights Switch On, Saturday 25th November 2006 in Royal Avenue Gardens. Seasonal music on the Bandstand from 4.00pm. Carol singing from 4.30pm. Lights switched on by the Mayor of Dartmouth at approximately 5.00pm. Father Christmas will also be in attendance Free car-parking all day for shoppers !

7.    Remembrance Sunday

As usual, the Band of the Royal Marines provided outstanding musical support to the British Legion Remembrance Sunday parade from the Guildhall, leading a very full parade with due pomp and ceremony. Representatives from BRNC, armed services associations, the uniformed services and youth organisations, marched with the Mayor of Dartmouth, Councillor Mrs Iris Pritchard, the Commodore of BRNC, Tim Harris, town councillors and Old Dartmothians to the War Memorial in the Royal Avenue Gardens, where poppy wreaths were laid.

The route of the parade was crowded with spectators, many of whom followed it to the War Memorial.

The parade continued to St Saviour’s Church which was full for the Remembrance Sunday service led by the Reverend Simon Wright, Vicar of Dartmouth.

8.   News from Dartmouth dot TV

  • The Onedin Line Marianne van Hilten (The Netherlands)  runs this web site and will be sharing her collection of articles from this pivotal series with us later.

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