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A large tethered balloon offering aerial views of the town operated for several years until it was destroyed by strong winds in January In the early years of British cinema, Torquay was home to two production companies, Cairns Torquay Films  and Torquay And Paignton Photoplay Productions,  who in produced a total of three films between them.
Recently, Devon Films , based in Torquay, has established itself as the Bay's latest film production company. The company financed and produced Stepdad in , starring Ricky Tomlinson and Chris Bisson among others; it was entered into the Cannes Film Festival. A new film Snappers set in Torquay itself and shot on location, starred Caroline Quentin ,  Bruce Jones and other prominent British television actors, and was due to be released in March With about 1, seats, it is Torquay's largest theatre and plays host to touring independent production companies.
The Princess Theatre also holds weddings and other functions such as parties and large seminars. Torbay Council, along with other local bodies, administrates Creative Torbay, a website for local cultural organisations, creatives and artists to promote their work. Torquay has two commercial local radio stations: Torquay is also home to the non-profit community radio station Riviera FM which has just completed its second RSL and is in the process of applying for a licence from Ofcom.
Torquay is part of the ITV West Country region, which broadcasts local news and some local documentaries. Both TV stations cover the whole of Devon and Cornwall. The town's local newspaper is called the Herald Express and has been published since after a merger of two papers. Its catchment area includes towns outside the Bay itself including Newton Abbot and Dartmouth.
Torbay also has a monthly community newspaper called the Torbay Times founded locally in Torquay has a long history of holding sailing events and regattas due to the favourable easterly facing nature of the bay and its popularity in the 19th and 20th centuries; this tradition reached its height in when the water sport events of the Summer Olympics were held in Torquay, with the Olympic flame being transferred from London to Torre Abbey Gardens to reside throughout the event.
The team plays their home matches at Plainmoor and have never progressed beyond the third tier of the English leagues. Torquay United were promoted from the Conference Premier after winning the play-off final at Wembley in June Torquay were relegated previously in from the Football League after 80 years of membership and spent two years playing in the Conference Premier; this downfall came just three years after promotion from the league's basement division and ultimately led to a change in ownership of the club to a consortium of local businessmen and fans. The club won a Wembley final in , defeating Blackpool on penalties in the Fourth Division play-off final to win promotion to the Third Division.
In doing so, they became the first Football League team to win promotion on penalties. Rugby league team Devon Sharks are based in Torquay. Torre Valley North has a m grass running track in summer, it also provides a long jump pit and concrete shot put circle, with a pavilion.
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A variety of track and field sports take place at Torre Valley North including hurdles and high jump. Recently the resort has become popular among the powerboating community and has held various national championships in various classes over the past few years. From when it was created until Torbay constituency was a safe Conservative seat, but Liberal Democrat Adrian Sanders overturned spy writer Rupert Allason 's majority by just 12 votes in , widened to 6, in During the general election , Conservative leader Michael Howard visited the town.
However, Sanders retained the seat with A swing of 9. In , a referendum was held to appoint Torbay's first elected Mayor. In the ensuing election in October , the winning candidate was a former Liberal Parliamentary Candidate, Nicholas Bye , who won the election as a Conservative.
Mr Oliver finished with 12, votes and Mr Bye 9, after the two made it to the second and final round of counting. Marychurch which has around pupils and is situated on a large site of over square metres which was formerly a farm. There are five main secondary schools in the town. Torquay Academy , previously known as Torquay Community School and Audley Park, has had its troubles in the past but since has come out of Ofsted special measures.
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The Spires College formerly Westlands School is a combined secondary college and sixth form that takes students of all variations and in moved to a new building. Torquay's other two state secondary schools are selective. They are Torquay Boys' Grammar School and Torquay Grammar School for Girls which are available only to those that pass the Eleven plus exam and the schools' own standardised test.
There are also a number of private schools in the area including the Abbey School. For further education, students can either go to one of the sixth forms at the previous mentioned The Spires, St Cuthbert's Mayne or Grammar schools, or they can go to South Devon College which is based in Long Road in Paignton on a new campus that fully opened in January Information taken from crime figures in Torbay up to and including 31 December .
A number of sketches for the Monty Python's Flying Circus television show were filmed on location in and around both Torquay and neighbouring Paignton. It was while staying in Torquay at the Gleneagles Hotel with the Python team in that John Cleese found inspiration and the setting, although not the actual film location for the popular sitcom Fawlty Towers , Sinclair's widow has since said her husband was totally misrepresented in the comedy. In the s several episodes of the comedy series The Goodies were filmed in and around Torquay.
In , the movie Blackball starring Paul Kaye was set there. In October , it was reported that Bristol -based artist Banksy had painted a mural on the wall of the Grosvenor Hotel in Belgrave Road. The mural shows a child drawing a robot, and uses the vent of an extractor fan as the head of the robot. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the English town. For other uses, see Torquay disambiguation. Not to be confused with Torbay. This article has an unclear citation style. The references used may be made clearer with a different or consistent style of citation and footnoting.
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