The Great Gale of Brixham 1866

Brixham Theatre, Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA
Fri 13th December 2019 - Sat 14th December 2019
This researched local history drama tells the true story of the 1866 Great Gale of Brixham, from which many parts of the town, to this day are affected, and which is the direct cause of Torbay having her own RNLI lifeboat.
In January 1866, a freak easterly storm came up, destroying much of the towns fishing fleet, and other shipping in the Channel. The women of the town, and the few men on shore, came together in a struggle to save whatever they could from the storm, lighting a fire of household possessions on the breakwater to try to guide any surviving ships to safety.
Following the storm, the people of Exeter raised funds for Brixham to have her first RNLI lifeboat, which was delivered to the town later the same year, named The City Of Exeter. This drama also includes the legend of the local smuggler “Resurrection Bob Elliott”, who himself is caught in the storm.
This story is told through the eyes of historical residents of the town – the vast majority of characters in the story, were real people living in Brixham at the time.
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