Soapbox challenge for Knowle poets

Costumed heroes Batman and Robin at Knowle during November's mass march

Costumed heroes Batman and Robin at Knowle during November's mass march - Credit: Archant

Outspoken orators are set to take to a soapbox in Sidmouth to deliver their best poems about Knowle on Sunday.

The Knowle Residents’ Association is hosting a picnic near the old hotel building to show people how the park can be best used.

Organisers hope everyone who attended last November’s mass rally – especially bombastic bards – will be interested.

One wondered what Sidmouth’s most famous poet would think and wrote: “John Betjeman loved Sidmouth town/ He’d hate to see the Knowle knocked down/ J.B. would fight with heart and soul/ To save the house and park at Knowle.”

The fun family event is being supported by the East Devon Alliance and Save Our Sidmouth, who also want to highlight that the current plans for Knowle protect the parkland but threaten the terraces.

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There will be prizes for the best poems about the site and what it contains, and for fancy dress themed around the area.

Costume suggestions include badgers, rabbits, bats, foxes, birds and plants – and Batman and Robin will be in tow. Take your own picnic along from 3pm until 5pm.

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