By Joey Damiral, Community Builder for Chelston, Cockington & Livermead


Well, it’s bank holidays galore this month and it has felt somewhat strange, but nice at the same time.  The Brixham Pirate Festival was an epic long weekend, with an amazing turnout. Many happy faces across the bay were joining in the pirate shenanigans and absolutely loving it. Especially getting to see the outstanding Galeon Andalucia Ship, which made its way over from Spain. Whilst considering iconic modes of transport passing through the area, I think it is also important to mention the excitement of having the Flying Dutchman Steam Train zooming on through the southwest this month. Celebrating the train’s 100th birthday really drew in a crowd.

The Coronation of the King has just passed on by and with this historical occasion came many celebrations across Torbay. I spent Sunday 7 May at Torre Abbey Meadows with the team of Torbay Community Development Trust, helping to spread volunteering opportunities.

If you were unable to attend, then please do reach out to me. I am now on Facebook as well under “Joey Damiral Community Builder for Chelston, Livermead, and Cockington”, so give the page a like to keep up to date on information around the area.

On Monday 8th May, I spent the day at Torquay Train Station, as part of the “Big Help Out”; inviting people to an open day, as the GWR are looking to establish a team of volunteers to take care of the grounds and make them look attractive.

The bank holiday weekend was full of action! Dinosaur Experiences and Cool Characters from Rowland Fun Fair in Paignton. With also a special circus session from Tonic Creatives and an immense firework display. Torquay had Children’s Week Torbay involved in the festivities and a special performance from Joey and the Lips’ Band. Brixham had a car and scooter display from the 1960s, a community sing-along, and a firework display at Breakwater.

That is just a small breakdown of what took place. The adventure cinema was also back at the Torquay Recreational Ground over the 5th and 6th of May showing Elvis and Top Gun Maverick, this also wowed a crowd. Lots going on, for sure. We still have another bank holiday to come and half term. Check out Torre Abbeys, Torquay Museums, and Cockingtons latest exhibitions they are very awesome. Paddington, Star Wars/ Superhero Insects, and Outer Space, what a fantastic line-up. Bring on the summer and more fun!        

Get in touch – phone Joey on 07754 609494 or email [email protected]