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Teign Shanty Festival fundraiser at Old Walls

We are having a fundraising BBQ at Old Walls on Saturday 14th September! The Back Beach Boys will be appearing with a fabulous line up of guests including Cask, the Salty River Band plus Sandra Pascale and Alison Thomas – food and entertainment all for only £20 a head. Give Old Walls a call on 01626 770877 to buy tickets or for more information.

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Pike Ward Blue Plaque update

On Wednesday August 28thTeignmouth played host to his excellency Stefan Haukur Johannesson, Iceland’s Ambassador to the UK, with a welcome by the Mayor of Teignmouth, Councillor Robert Phipps.   The occasion was the official unveiling of a prestigious Blue Plaque to honour Pike Ward, a Teignmouth businessman who spent 20 years living half of each year in Iceland and who transformed their fishing industry and, as a consequence, their whole economy. Until he arrived on the scene, sales of fish were by barter through traders, but Pike Ward dealt directly with the Icelandic people and paid them in gold, thus allowing them to progressively build up their fishing fleets into what they are today. The plaque is inscribed with “Much loved by the people of Iceland” and is located on “Old Maids Walk” on Teignmouth seafront.   Although a hero in Iceland, Pike Ward was largely unknown in Teignmouth, until his biographer Katherine Findlay discovered his diaries and published them as part of her book

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Pike Ward Blue Plaque

On Wednesday 28th August at 6:00pm there will be the unveiling of a blue plaque in recognition of the contribution made by Pike Ward to the Icelandic Economy. The plaque will be sited on the wall of Old Maids Walk which is at the eastern end of the seafront adjacent to the Eastcliff Cafê. This particular site was chosen as it marks the spot where the whale bone arch was constructed many years ago, donated to Teignmouth by Pike Ward. This unusual gift has been well photographed appearing on postcards and more recently, on the Teign Shanty Festival logo created by Laura Wall. The Back Beach Boyz will be singing a song written by band member Ian (The Gig) Mitchell to the assembled guests. ???? If you would like to find out more about the Icelandic adventurer Pike Ward check out the display in the Teign Heritage Centre or come to the Teign Shanty Festival where Katharine Findlay, the editor of his diaries, will be

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