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Choir to rock Torquay's Rock Walk re-opening
By Jemima Laing
BBC Devon

Royal Terrace Gardens: artist's impression
The steps are known locally as Rock Walk

The re-opening of a Torquay landmark is being celebrated in song by a "geochoir" made up of local people.

Organisers hope up to 150 people will join the choir to celebrate the re-opening of Torquay's Royal Terrace Gardens as part of a one-day festival.

It marks a three-year £3m project to secure the rockface and restore the popular attraction.

Torbay Council has been working with Dartington Hall Trust to arrange the event on 2 October 2010.

Rock Walk, as it is known locally, has been an attraction since Victorian times.

It had to be closed off to the public after it became unsafe.

Organisers of the re-opening celebration hope to gather the largest co-operative community choir in the county to join the fun.

They will sing songs written by Torbay composer Hugh Nankivell for the recent GeoQuest project.

They have been adapted especially for the re-opening festivities - which start at 12pm.

Royal Terrace Gardens: restored steps
The restored steps, refurbished as part of the 3m project

Events include street performances and live music by local bands, family workshops and a 20-minute after-dark light and sound show - centred around a dancer climbing the new steps whilst the cliff face bends, stretches and rumbles to represent the area's geological history.

"I'm really excited to be involved in the opening of Royal Terrace Gardens," said Hugh.

"The songs we wrote as part of GeoQuest were all inspired by the unique geology of Torbay, so it's great to be asked to arrange them for a community choir to help celebrate the restoration of one of Torquay's most famous landmarks."

And as a thank you to those joining the choir, they will each be given a ticket to see Seth Lakeman's performance at the Princess Theatre at 8pm which rounds off the event.

For more information about the day's events click here.




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