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The Borough of Torbay
The three main towns of Torbay are Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, all situated around on of the English Channel coast of Devon in South West England. All three towns had been separate municipal boroughs until 1968 when they were amalgamated into the single county borough of Torbay. In 1974 Torbay became a local government district of the county of Devon and, in 1998, it became a unitary authority.
The Torbay Jewish Community
The Jewish community in what is now Torbay dates from World War II, when synagogues were opened in both Torquay and Paignton, primarily by evacuees from London. The congregation in Paignton did not survive long after the War. The synagogue is Torquay continued and acquired a cemetery (in Paignton) in 1962, which is still in use. However, due to dwindling numbers, the synagogue in Torquay closed in 2000.
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