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'How England used to be'

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Sunk deep in a deck chair on the sea front at Sidmouth, I began to reflect that there are essentially two kinds of English seaside resorts, Sidmouth, and all the rest. David Mckie, The Guardian

Tycoon Keith Owen also loved Sidmouth. Born in Totnes in 1938, educated in Paignton and Dorset, he trained as a pilot, became a squadron leader in the RAF and settled in Canada, where he made a small fortune. According to the Times, "He used to visit Sidmouth – where his mother lived and died – and when told he had only weeks to live decided to bequeath the town £1.5 million".

Sidmouth has beautiful gardens, Regency houses, fine hotels, majestic red cliffs, "golden sands", an Esplanade, the green and glorious Sid Valley, and the South West Coast Path. Owen thought it "was how England used to be." He had complete faith in the people.

They will have to work out how to invest their inheritance. We wish them well.

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