My Seaton with Roger Woolland

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:19 15 October 2018

Roger Woolland. Ref edr 37 18TI 1311. Picture: Terry Ife

Roger Woolland. Ref edr 37 18TI 1311. Picture: Terry Ife


Roger Woolland talks about his love for the town

Roger Woolland. Ref edr 37 18TI 1309. Picture: Terry IfeRoger Woolland. Ref edr 37 18TI 1309. Picture: Terry Ife

Former Seaton ‘Citizen of the Year’ Roger Woolland is one of the town’s best known residents.

He has been involved with many local organisations including the carnival committee and Lions Club, ran a local shop for many years and was proprietor of Lyme Bay Auctions. He is a volunteer with community transport charity TRIP and is also a keen sportsman, playing bowls, snooker and skittles.

What is your favourite memory associated with Seaton?

One of my favourite memories associated with Seaton is the old station. The steam train was called the Puffing Billy. When I was a young boy I would catch the train to Exeter with my father and then go on to Plymouth to have lunch with my grandfather and to watch Plymouth Argyle play football. It was very exciting, especially if Argyle won, so of course I have been a life-long supporter. The other memory is of my other grandmother and grandfather running the Chine Café for many years so I had fun playing around there with my friends, going swimming in the sea and when it was school holidays helping the local fishermen.

What do you like most about Seaton?

The fact that it is small town with lots of interesting places to visit. It has the oldest concrete bridge in the country by the estuary, beautiful walks over the cliffs to Beer or Lyme Regis and it is also part of the Jurassic coastline. Seaton has a very interesting Jurassic Centre, opened by Princess Anne, the tramway to Colyton, The Wetlands and bird hides which encourage children with dipping ponds etc and a large beach for everyone to enjoy, even in the winter. There are lots of events going on to include the carnival, cycle festival and at the town hall.

What is your favourite shop in Seaton?

It has to be the Post Office (W H Smith Local) previously known to locals as New Look. I purchased the shop in 1967 and continued to run it as a tobacconists and gift shop for many years, later introducing LP records which proved very popular. I kept a large collection of Country and Western music as well as the latest songs from the charts so that people travelled for miles to buy their favourite music. It was a meeting place for youngsters because they could listen to songs and socialise.

How have you seen Seaton develop throughout the year?

It has definitely developed in a good way. Gone is Warners Holiday Camp and Blue Waters Chalet Park in Harbour Road but in its place is much needed housing, a hotel and supermarket. The Grove Nightclub was a popular place to go for young people but it closed and is now a gym with various shops below. The cliff gardens has an area called the Labyrinth which is so interesting for all ages.

What is your favourite building in Seaton?

One of my favourites is the Water Tower in Seaton Down Hill. It is such a landmark building and can be seen for miles. It also means that just past there is the spectacular view of the Axe Valley and the sea. The other building is the clock tower by the bowling green and as I have been captain of the bowls club this year I have spent a lot of time looking at that clock!

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