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A teenage dancer from Axminster is to follow in the footsteps of film stars Lily James, Daisy Ridley and Thandie Newton after landing a place at a top performing arts school. Katy Roy, aged 16, will study dance at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, in Hertfordshire, whose past students include Lily James, who starred in Disney’s Cinderella, and Mamma Mia 2! Here We Go Again, Daisy Ridley, known for her roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Last Jedi and Murder on the Orient Express, and Thandie Newton, star of Crash, Mission: Impossible II; Westworld; and Line…

Cheerful dotty pots filled with plants and messages to make people smile have been dreamed up by a family from Exmouth in aid of charity. James Tetlow, aged 31, who came up with the idea of painting dots on pots while he was shielding at home from the coronavirus, is raising funds for the Exmouth Gateway Club. James, who was born with Down’s syndrome, has been painting pots with his dad, Paul, who is also shielding, ready for mum, Michelle, to fill them with plants. The family welcomes donations of pots painted with dots that can be sold to give…

Pensioners sent a hate letter after clapping for the NHS cried tears of joy on their Exmouth doorstep when paramedics and strangers turned up to applaud with them. Marion and Jock Roberston, of Churchill Road, Brixington, were targeted this week after they left their home for a short seafront drive, returning to find the handwritten note pushed through their front door, calling the couple ‘fu****g pr**ks’ and ‘tw*ts’ for the way they clap on Thursdays. After last night’s clapping had died down, Jock, aged 80, was seen at his window raising a glass to thank the well-wishers who had rallied…

What a difference two months makes – these images show the East Devon coast and the contrast between seafronts from lockdown to the first bank holiday after restrictions were relaxed. When the Prime Minister put the UK in lockdown on March 23, to stop the spread of coronavirus, seafront webcams in East Devon showed empty beaches and promenades as the public heeded advice to stay indoors. Two months after lockdown was introduced, and restrictions have been relaxed, Exmouth, Sidmouth and Beer seafronts and beaches have shown an increase in public and traffic. These webcam images show the seafronts at lunchtime…

Hours of patience resulted in wildlife photographer Rob Chidgey capturing these stunning shots of a beaver along the River Otter. Since lockdown Rob, from Exmouth, has been buoying spirits by sharing his scenic photos of East Devon to help those who are self-isolating because of the coronavirus. He said capturing these images of a beaver was one of his photography highpoints – after he had almost given up hope of seeing the creatures. Rob, who began his passion for photography five years ago, said previous attempts to photograph the River Otter beavers had fallen short of expectations. His latest attempt…

‘Don’t be too proud to ask for help’ during the coronavirus crisis is the message to residents from the Budleigh Hub. The Hub, and its partners, is supporting more than 200 households each week across the Exmouth, Budleigh and Woodbury areas, with shopping, prescription collection, cooked meal delivery and befriending by telephone. Marc Jobson, Budleigh Hub manager, urged those needing support during the pandemic, to put pride aside and ask for help. The Hub is currently completing 350 ‘acts of kindness’ a week. This includes collecting prescriptions, shopping, delivering samples, transporting people to appointments at GP surgeries and the Royal…

Tourism in Devon has received a share of almost £100,000 allocated for the South West by the Government to bolster the industry from the impact of coronavirus. The cash is part of £1.3million pot pledged by Boris Johnson to help the UK tourism sector recover after lockdown, once social distancing ends. East Devon MP Simon Jupp, who appealed for government help to protect tourism locally once restrictions were relaxed, is working with MPs from across Devon to push for further, flexible, help for the industry. The East Devon MP – who has launched a survey to canvas the public for…

A 40-year-old tortoise in Exeter has become a local shell-ebrity after residents rallied to keep him in lettuce during lockdown. Noddy the tortoise was at risk of running out of salad and dandelion leaves when his owner Madelin Bexon, who is self-isolating in Pinhoe, put out a community call for help. Now Noddy’s family has launched the Tortoise Project, challenging children to grow lettuce at home and learn more about the reptiles. Helping to deliver Noddy’s favourite food was nearby neighbour, Tess, aged 10, who was one of a host of volunteers dropping off food parcels to those isolating in…

A motorist escaped from his car without injury after a tree fell onto the vehicle on Four Elms Hill, Sidmouth, in the early hours of Monday morning, May 11. Fire crews from Sidmouth were called shortly after 4am and moved the car away because the tree was unsafe. Police were called, the road was closed, and tree specialists called to remove the fallen branches. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Both Sidmouth pumps were alerted to a vehicle under a fallen tree on Four Elms Hill, persons trapped. “On arrival the first crew found the driver…

Devon County Show organisers have announced ‘with great disappointment’ the decision to cancel the 2020 event because of the coronavirus. The pandemic had prompted the annual May event to be rescheduled and held over the August bank holiday, but yesterday it was decided to cancel the 2020 Devon County Show. The show plans to return next year, taking place on May 20, 21, and 22, 2021, said the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA). Organisers said the move to cancel was triggered by social distancing rules and restrictions on large gatherings. Mary Quicke, chair of council for the Agricultural Association said:…

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