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28/01/2017

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Demonstrators have marched through the streets of Barnstaple

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in protest at the closure of two of North Devon's theatres.

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Both the Queen's and Landmark theatres closed without warning

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earlier this week, when the trust running them went

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Today's march launched the campaign to save them,

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Gathered in near-freezing temperatures, ready

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to march on the town centre to save their theatres.

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With music and singing, it's an entertaining affair.

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I think marches like this always does a lot of good because I think

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unless people raise their voices, then decisions get made and well,

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ultimately, the man in the street is the one who suffers.

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It's not surprising because people do feel very strongly

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that the theatre is a very important part of the life of Barnstaple

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The announcement that the North Devon Theatres Trust has gone

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into administration has been a devastating blow for staff.

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It's been a really hard week for the staff.

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It's great to see all these people turning out on such a cold,

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horrible day because they actually care and want to have the community

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hub in each of the towns involved in this, and if we can't keep that

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spirit alive and, you know, the heart of our town has gone.

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The North Devon Theatres Trust blames falling sales

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and a cut in subsidies for its financial problems.

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North Devon council says it spent nearly ?300,000 in the last year

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supporting the Trust and needs to make savings.

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Big turnouts are now expected that a public meeting on February 1st

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organised by the council to talk about the way forward

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Hundreds of people gathered at Exeter Cathedral this afternoon,

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to remember BBC Radio Devon presenter Tony Beard

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Tony, who died a year ago, broadcast on the station for 30 years,

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and many of his loyal listeners joined his family, friends

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and colleagues, to pay tribute to the Wag from Widecombe.

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If you met Dad, you know, he was everybody's friend.

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You sat there, you talked to him and within five

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minutes he was your best friend, you know.

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I think people generally across the South West of England

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felt that and I think they turned up today and paid their respects.

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He would have been humbled, and he would have used that word.

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He would have loved it as well, and it is sort of sad

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that he isn't because it is exactly the sort of thing he

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He would have loved talking to people, meeting people,

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he would like the fact that it was a big event.

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So ironically the sadness is that he's actually not here to enjoy it,

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Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service are reminding

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people not to panic if they see smoke coming from Plymouth

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More than 150 firefighters will be using the now empty building

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to practice fighting fires and rescuing casualties

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The area around the Civic Centre and the car park will be cordoned off.

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In football, and it was another good day at the office for Exeter City.

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The Grecians are now unbeaten in ten games

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Luck wasn't with the Glovers however, they lost 3-0

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to top-of-the-table Doncaster at Huish Park.

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But it was better news for Torquay in the National League,

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the Gulls beat Gateshead 2-1 at Plainmoor.

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On to rugby, and in the Anglo Welsh Cup the Chiefs put on an impressive

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In the Championship Jersey take on Nottingham tomorrow.

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And in National One Plymouth Albion beat Fylde by 29 points

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Time for the weather for the rest of the weekend.

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Hello. We have seen a few showers through today and we will continue

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with showers overnight. Still the odd sharp shower is possible but

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there will be dry and clear whether as well. A brisk south-westerly

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breeze out the westward temperatures no lower than six online degrees.

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Any brightness first thing tomorrow morning will disappear and it will

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cloud over and outbreaks of rain pushing through the day. Low cloud

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and hill fog to watch out for but it continues to be milder. Temperatures

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of ten or 11. Next week remains unsettled with further cloud and

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rain on Monday and Tuesday but it continues to be mild.

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Julia Peet will be here with the next news from Spotlight,

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More news on your local BBC website, and on your BBC local radio station.

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Thank you for your company and enjoy your weekend.

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Hello. If you don't like the cold weather, it certainly felt a lot

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better for you today, at least across the southern half of the UK.

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Still pretty chilly in northern areas, even some sleet. When we

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