TM2 – From the highs of flying to the lows of submarines: life as a Spotlight presenter
Nov15

TM2 – From the highs of flying to the lows of submarines: life as a Spotlight presenter

Having grown up amidst the troubles in Belfast in the late 1960s, Johnny Rutherford’s life and later career hasn’t been without excitement and life changing moments. Having built up his experience across various organisations before joining the BBC, Johnny tells of how the scariest moment of his career was whilst filming the unrest in his own home town for Ulster TV in Northern Ireland. “I can remember going to an IRA funeral and...

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International Tractor back  running on home soil
Nov07

International Tractor back running on home soil

A Shaugh Prior-based small holder, who has gazed longingly at international tractors ever since she was a child, has “bit the bullet” and taken on her first restoration project some 30 years later, lovingly restoring an International B275 Tractor to its former glory. Having been previously sat outside un-started for 4 years, Nay Proctor, who bought the tractor originally from Cornwall, describes how in buying the motor she was “really...

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Mediaeval Market celebrates 800th Anniversary
Nov01

Mediaeval Market celebrates 800th Anniversary

Markets have been a key staple for local rural communities for hundreds of years, and Bovey Tracey is no exception. Celebrating the 800th year since the town was first granted its charter for a market, a whole host of stall holders and local people came together to mark the occasion on Wednesday, 23rd October. With the anniversary event’s official opening being held at Dartmoor Whiskey Distillery, a great gathering of people witnessed...

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Dartmoor Prison to close
Nov01

Dartmoor Prison to close

The Government has announced that Dartmoor Prison – a staple of the Moor since 1809 – will close. Lucy Fraser, the Minister of Prisons, had said that Victorian-era prisons were needed when she addressed a parliamentary committee earlier this month. This therefore gave a glimpse of hope that the prison may be saved. She said: “If the numbers… stay the same we need to be prepared to house people who come to prison and that will mean we...

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Plans for Premier Inn deferred due to ecological concerns
Oct26

Plans for Premier Inn deferred due to ecological concerns

Plans for the 80 bedroom Premier Inn at Ashburton have been deferred following concerns over the ecological impact of a hotel at the site. Having met on Friday, 4th October, the Dartmoor National Park Authority Development Management Committee were recommended to refuse the plans, but prior to the discussion Philip Sanders, chairman of the committee, shared that it would instead be deferred until a later date. The delay comes as...

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