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The festival that never happened


Saturday, 1 July 2023 - 20 minutes

The star-studded English Riviera Food and Music Festival was cancelled just weeks before it was due to happen in May after the company running it stopped trading – leaving ticketholders and taxpayers out of pocket.

Ollie Heptinstall and Guy Henderson also discuss an ageism row in East Devon that’s left a retirement property developer very unhappy.

The firm’s boss has hit back after councillors refused dozens of new retirement homes in the town centre, claiming Exmouth is at “saturation point” with them while the population is getting “older and older.”

Plus, more than three decades after it launched, we hear from the founder of Devon Air Ambulance about how the charity began and what’s next.

And, rounding off this week’s podcast, get your dancing shoes at the ready for a bit of dosey-doeing as a new barn dancing tour comes to the South West this summer.

We speak to Sara Rhodes, associate director of Theatre Royal Plymouth, which is behind the idea.

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