The Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award goes to.......

.............. Colin Matthews!

Thank you to the Herald Express and all involved with The English Riviera & South Devon Tourism Awards for the wonderful accolade, awarded to Colin Matthews, the owner of the Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay.

Everyone... the staff, management and casts for the past 30 years could not feel more proud for the accolade awarded at their event on Thursday 6th October 2016, which was hosted at the Riviera International Conference Centre.

When accepting his award, Colin had this to say, “What I am not tired of is creating shows that entertain so many people. It has been a wonderful 30 years at the Babbacombe Theatre. You cannot have a successful business without a great team to work with you. I have had the very best and that is why we are still surviving after 30 years. I couldn’t have possible done what I have done over the years without a very special lady. She has been my biggest support and I couldn’t have done what I have without my dear wife, Maggie.

“To those that have nominated me for this award which I am so thrilled about, I would like to thank you, and also to all of those who make tourism in Torbay and South Devon and beyond such a success.”

Colin’s winning formula, not only saved the Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay from closure in the last 1980's,, but he has now made it the top ranked theatre in Devon. #1of44 - TripAdvisor

Published: 3rd Apr 2017