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Try your pluck at Darts Farm’s silent auction to win the turkey prepared by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his campaign visit to East Devon. Boris’s campaign trail led him to Devon on Thursday and a stop at Darts Farm, Clyst St George, where he was invited by master butcher Alastair David to lend a hand preparing a turkey. Michael Dart, Darts Farm co-owner, said Boris’s latticed, bacon-covered, oven-ready turkey is now up for grabs and can be won by going into the shop and leaving a bid in a silent auction – with the proceeds going to the Devon…

Dad of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin joined send-off celebrations for an Exmouth woman’s record-breaking charity challenge to row the Atlantic. Anthony Martin on Saturday evening joined a going away party held at The Point Bar and Grill, on Exmouth dockside, raising a glass to the Oarsome Foursome team tackling the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in aid of Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare, Cornwall Blood Bikes, and Carefree charities. Coldplay financially backed the Oarsome Foursome for an undisclosed amount after rower Claire Allinson, of Morton Crescent, plucked up the courage to tell Chris Martin’s dad about the 3,000-mile ocean adventure at a…

Parking problems in Exmouth come under the spotlight next week with the launch of a public consultation proposing residents’ permits, on-street pay-and-display and waiting restrictions.   The proposed parking shake-up starts when hundreds of consultation cards are sent to homes in some of Exmouth’s most congested streets, including The Colony, Withycombe Raleigh and the town centre. Devon County Council’s residents’ parking consultation runs from Friday, October 4 until October 25. It was prompted by complaints from those living in streets considered problem areas. This is not going to be quite the magic wand everyone thinks it’s going to be. There…

Music legends Coldplay have sponsored an Exmouth woman’s record-breaking charity challenge to row the Atlantic. Last month Coldplay front man Chris Martin told his fans through social media of the ‘amazing’ Oarsome Foursome team – highlighting the 3,000-mile ocean adventure, tackling the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in aid of Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare, Cornwall Blood Bikes, and Carefree charities. Now the band have financially backed Claire Allinson, of Morton Crescent, Exmouth, and the Oarsome Foursome team, for an undisclosed amount. The star’s surprise windfall means the women’s row team are just £10,000 away from their £100,000 target allowing them to…

Exmouth carnival WILL go ahead this year and it is all thanks to the dogged determination of one man and the county council. Brixington man Gavin Roberts, 42, has proved to be the saviour of Exmouth’s 2019 carnival because of his single-minded resolve to make the event happen – with the help of Devon County Council (DCC) pushing through road closure paperwork in record time. Thanks to Gavin’s persistence and county council highways officers, Exmouth’s carnival is set to go ahead on Saturday, October 12, at 7.30pm. Gavin, of Cheriswood Avenue, put himself in the hot seat as a first-time…

A Sidmouth pensioner was warned he faced being fined for fly-tipping after depositing a bag of puppy poo in a council bin. Pete Grant, 72, from Stowford, said a council worker told him could be fined £1,000 for depositing one bag of dog mess in a red bin because it had been picked up from his private garden, not the street, and he did not have a dog with him. Pete, who was looking after his grandson’s 12-week-old dachshund puppies, said he phoned East Devon District Council and was told his actions were classed as fly-tipping. Somebody’s got their head…

A peeping pensioner was spoken to by police after he was clocked looking under a changing cubicle at Exmouth Leisure Centre.  Officers arrested a 67-year-old man when they were called to the fitness hub and pool off Royal Avenue with a report of voyeurism on Tuesday morning (August 27). He was ‘spoken to and no further action was taken’, said a force spokesperson. This sort of incident is rare although staff and members of the public should always be alert to the possibility, and report it immediately, as this customer did…Peter Gilpin, LED Leisure and Management CEO, said such incidents…

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has backed an Exmouth woman’s record-breaking charity challenge to row the Atlantic. Married Claire Allinson, 45, from Morton Crescent, cried tears of joy when she spotted Coldplay’s social media posts highlighting the ‘amazing’ Oarsome Foursome’s 3,000-mile ocean adventure, tackling the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, in aid of Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare, Cornwall Blood Bikes, and Carefree Space. Chris Martin told fans how he learned of the Oarsome Foursome team through his dad, Anthony Martin. Writing to fans on social media, Chris Martin told Coldplay fans: “My dad told me about some ladies from where I’m from…

A mum has called for a rat ‘infestation’ at an Ottery park to be tackled after her young daughter fell and broke her arm fleeing the rodents. The family’s afternoon enjoying the sunshine at the Land of Canaan ended in A&E when their fun was gate-crashed by a pack of long-tailed furry vermin. Pest control has now been called in to assess how bad the problem is – but says it has only received a single report. I’ve never seen anything like it in such a local area. Obviously, you get the odd one you’ll see in places, but this…