Friends rally round for wedding couple

AN ‘ASTOUNDED’ groom-to-be with a terminal condition was ‘blown away’ by the generosity of local people who have moved mountains to give him and his fiancée their dream wedding.

After overcoming cancer following surgery 2019, Marc Vine and fiancée Emily Butcher pledged to get married as soon as possible and started planning for a future date. However, following an intense bout of back pain around two months ago, Marc was told that he has an extremely rare type of cancer. His prognosis, sadly, is terminal.

After receiving the diagnosis, the couple decided to scrap their wedding plans due to not having enough money. Friends of the couple, however, were having none of it and picked up the phone and decided to try and make it happen.

With a ‘massive’ discount the wedding venue, and a small army of traders pledging their services for free, or next to free, and the wedding went ahead. Everything from photography to a bouncy castle for kids on the day was provided by local businesses.

A DEVON village’s church clock could be silenced – after a single complaint about the noise it makes.

A council has confirmed it has received a complaint which it is legally bound to follow up – and the case could end up in court if a noise abatement order is issued.

The church clock at the 14th century All Saints church in Kenton, Devon, chimes every quarter of an hour.

But it is thought a new resident to the village has made the complaint about the chimes affecting their sleep during the night.

Kenton parish council chairman Chris Thompson said a mechanism could be installed to stop the clock chiming between 11pm and 7am but it would cost £2,000.

A NEWTON Abbot hairdresser has called time on cutting and curling and hung up her scissors after 50 years in the business.

Jean Parker retired from her salon, Cut N Curl in Twickenham Road, after 36 years there as the owner/ proprietor having completed her half a century as a hairdresser.

DESPITE the difficulties of Covid restrictions, the 175 years of Teign- mouth Railway Station was celebrated on platform one at the station

The mayor and mayoress, Cllrs Peter Williams and Cate Williams, started the event.

Town historian Viv Wilson MBE gave a spellbinding history of the railway in Teignmouth. Group Captain Evens, a volunteer with the modern South Devon Railway (SDR) and HM Deputy Lieutenant, gave a message on behalf of the SDR.

AN ‘INGENIOUS’ young Scout has won the admiration of his group after embarking on a 5km run fundraiser to raise cash for better disabled access at their headquarters

Damion Dishart, Scout Leader with the 1st Highweek Village Scout Group, said he was ‘choked-up’ upon learning that eight-year-old Dexter Beverley had raised more than £500 to improve their facilities.

‘It’s so rewarding to see children being so community focused,’ added Damion.

‘He did it all on his own,’ said Scout leader Damion.

AN EYESORE, which for decades has blighted the main entrance into Teignmouth, might soon be a thing of the past.

A former convenience store in Bitton Park Road has lain empty for some 20 years, and despite being offered for letting all that time has failed to find a tenant.

The shop front is in a state of dis-repair and residents have claimed the sorry sight is driving down property prices in the immediate area.

Now the four ward councillors for Teignmouth West are calling on Teignmouth Town Council to compulsorily purchase the property and develop the site. The matter is due to be discussed at a full town council meeting next month.

CUSTOMERS of Barclays Bank have been told the branch in Newton Abbot will close in November.

The news means there will be no Barclays branches in Teignbridge, with customers either moving to online or phone banking, or travelling to the nearest branch in Torquay.

BE CAREFUL what you wish for... that’s an expression not heard for quite a while in Dawlish but will probably become a common sound again this summer.

The popular wishing well by The Brook has been revamped after suffering damage in storms, and once again will be a magnet for children wishing for bikes and toys, while grown-ups will no doubt hope for other heart’s desires to come true.