An evening with The Culprits

The Culprits are a 4 piece rock covers band from East Devon, and it was almost exactly a year since they did their first concert.

Yesterday they returned to the same venue, the Port Royal, which is the clubhouse of the Sidmouth Sailing Club.

Last year they played indoors in the bar, but this year they were actually playing at the front of the clubhouse, literally on the street facing the sea front.

The evening was part of a 2 day “regatta” event which included fancy dress raft racing and beer luggers.


The Culprits took to the outdoor stage at about 7.45pm while it was still quite light.


It soon got dark by the time they had been on stage for an hour or so


At about 9.30pm there was a break while the crowds were moved to make way for the grand firework display.


At about 9.45pm the band took to the stage again for a few more songs to round up the evening.

After all the fireworks the crowds were certainly in a party mood as they were dancing in the streets.


The band finished playing at about 10pm and the evening was certainly a success, with large numbers of people watching the band from along the sea front.


The band’s website is



Jacobs Ladder at Sidmouth

It was windy and bitterly cold at Sidmouth Beach today.   Jacobs ladder leads down to the beach from the Gardens at the top – the actual wooden ladder is quite impressive being at a guess a good 60 foot, perhaps even more.

The beach is about 1km and the cliffs look like they are made of mud rather than rock.  At the far end there looks like there has been a collapse of the cliff and there is a possible risk of being cut off by the tide.   It’s mainly rock pools at the far end rather than beach.

I’m starting to get the hang of using the Samsung G600 camera – it seems to work better when using the shutter button on the side of the phone rather than the round shutter button the keypad, but it’s quite fiddly to use.

Photo taken with Samsung G600 mobile phone.   Edited using GThumb editor (lossless rotate then risize only) under Ubuntu Intrepid.