Bay Bloom ceremony felt like a celebration
I WOULD like to compliment TOR2 for the Bay Blooms awards ceremony that took place last week at the Riviera International Conference Centre.
It truly was a sparkling evening from the shimmering sequins on the dresses of Yours in Harmony who provided the entertainment, to the array of silver cups awarded to the top gardeners in Torbay, both amateur and professional.
I have attended the ceremony for several years now, but this was the first time it really felt like a celebration.
The biggest applause needs to go to Mark Ilsley who organised the whole evening, and who kept the whole evening running smoothly.
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Changing the venue, improving the presentation format, and having a photographer on hand to capture each winner's delight will surely drive everyone on to continue their efforts in enhancing the beautiful setting of Torbay.
Finally, special congratulations to Pride of Brixham which won not only the class it entered, but several discretionary cups as well for stunning displays.
Friends of the Torre Churchyard
Show of true colours?
IT was good to see Torbay councillor Matt James likening his old Conservative party's new council tax support as having the same effect on people on low incomes as their ill-fated Poll Tax did in the 1990s (HE, Oct 11).
This could prove the cut too far for this Government of privileged rich boys who see people of modest means as inferior.
Of course for those who saw the poll tax for what it was,'immoral' and decided to fight it through civil disobedience, protest and non-payment it gave a chance to bring down the so-called iron lady, Margaret Thatcher.
Perhaps when the campaign against this brutal council tax support gets going MPs like Adrian Saunders and Dr Sarah Wollaston will have to show their true colours.
Will they be with the rich or the plebs?
Totnes Claimants' Union