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Crowds brave freezing weather in support of Ilfracombe theatre

Performers on the green outside the Landmark Theatre Credit: ITV News West Country

Crowds braved freezing weather in Ilfracombe this afternoon to see a variety show in support of the town's Landmark Theatre. Performers from around North Devon staged the free event following the Landmark's sudden closure last month.

The Queens Theatre in Barnstaple also closed when the trust that owns them went bust, leaving actors and ticket holders out of pocket. It's hoped both theatres could re-open under new management. More details here.

Crowds braved the freezing weather Credit: ITV News West Country



A Christmas song from the Cornish singer who can barely speak

Growing up with autism, Kyle Coleman could barely speak. But since finding his voice through singing, the man from Gwithian in Cornwall has been able to express himself through song.

Now Kyle, 30, has released a seasonal tune called Ho! Ho! It's Christmas with the aid of his singing teacher, Vikki St Leger. It's now six years since Kyle's mother Caroline first took him to musical therapy sessions - and since then he hasn't stopped

"Kyle is a non verbal autistic young man who is virtually unable to speak but he can sing beautifully. He was unable to speak up until his late teens and it was singing that opened the door and enabled him to communicate through music."

– Vikki St Leger, singing teacher
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