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COLYTON: ‘Widdecombe Wag’ has audience in fits

Friday, 07 February 2014

ALL?things Devon were on the menu when the Colyton and Colyford branch of Cancer Research UK organised an evening of entertainment.
The Town Hall was packed with more than 150 people on Friday evening to listen to Devonshire expert Tony Beard, known as the “Widdecombe Wag”, give a talk on his beloved Dartmoor.
Born and cred in Widdecombe, where he has lived all his life, the former farmer-cum-all round entertainer had the audience in fits of laughter with his tales of Devon life and customs.
Mr Beard, also a BBC Radio Devon presenter, has a strong interest in the history and arheology of Dartmoor and brought along a number of historic documents and artefacts for members of the audience to examine during the interval.
Mr Beard is also passionate about the Devon dialect and generated much amusement with his songs and poems.
A soup and sweet supper was served and the evening realised a profit of £909 for Cancer Research UK.
The Colyton committee’s next big event will be their annual Big Breakfast at Colyton Town Hall on Friday, March 7th.

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