Author: Peter Tremayne

Newquay Airport closes until 12th February

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport has bowed to the inevitable and suspended flight operations because of the rapidly rising numbers of Covid-19 infections in Cornwall. The two main carriers,...

Branson eyes next weekend for his next attempt to reach orbit

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson has pencilled in next Sunday for his next attempt to put a rocket into space. Mr Branson’s LauncherOne is now scheduled to ignite at...

Cornwall’s fishermen accuse government of “betrayal” as MPs prepare to vote on EU trade deal

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s fishing communities are reacting angrily to the government’s European Union trade deal , accusing Boris Johnson of “betrayal” and selling out their industry. The Cornish...

Police turn away Covid Tier 4 holidaymakers on the Isles of Scilly – but virus refugees continue to arrive at Newquay

By Peter Tremayne Police on the Isles of Scilly have turned away five would-be holidaymakers who had travelled to St Mary’s on Christmas Eve.  The five had come from...

What’s another year? Branson admits defeat as he abandons ambition to fire his rocket “before the end of 2020”

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson says he now hopes to get his Virgin Orbit project into space “in mid January” after a Covid-19 outbreak left him with insufficient staff...

Flights from London are not breaking any laws, insists Newquay Airport

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport has issued a statement to explain why flights from London, now in Covid Tier 4, are still coming to Cornwall. Airport bosses say their...

The loneliness of the long-distance footballer: Truro City is Southern League’s only team in Tier 1 for Covid-19

By Peter Tremayne One consequence of the government's tiered-approach to local Covid restrictions is the havoc it has played with “non-elite” outdoor organised sport. Truro City – the only...

Cornwall’s Covid numbers treble in six days, yet for only £41 a London virus refugee can fly to Newquay

By Peter Tremayne The spread of Covid-19 across Cornwall is continuing to accelerate, with the latest rate per 100,000 population now nearly three times what it was only six...

Flights from London to Cornwall are continuing despite government’s “stay at home” instruction to people in Tier 4

By Peter Tremayne Flights from London to Cornwall appear to be continuing today (Sunday) despite the government’s announcement yesterday that people should not travel out of a Tier 4...

Newquay Airport reopens after Covid-19 lockdown

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport reopens today, following its closure triggered by November’s national Covid-19 lockdown. Flights to London Heathrow, Leeds-Bradford and Manchester all resume today.  Passengers have been...

More than a tonne of dead sheep buried at North Cornwall campsite

By Peter Tremayne The owner of a camping and glamping business has admitted burying more than a tonne of dead sheep at the site. Kevin Hutchings, aged 50, of...

Branson scraps Saturday’s rocket launch, blaming Covid-19

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson has halted the countdown to his next satellite rocket launch, which had been due to fly on Saturday (19th December), because too many of...

Unemployment in Cornwall increased last month

By Peter Tremayne Unemployment in Cornwall rose slightly last month, following the ending of the government’s Covid-19 furlough scheme as the country emerged from its first lockdown. The increase...

Branson aims to launch his satellite rocket next weekend, despite yesterday’s aborted space-plane mission

By Peter Tremayne Virgin Orbit is due to make another attempt to escape the Earth’s gravity next Saturday (19th December) despite yesterday’s failure of its sister company, Virgin Galactic,...

“Big Brother” surveillance caused by Covid-19 is only temporary, promises Cornwall councillor

By Peter Tremayne The enhanced level of town centre closed circuit television surveillance caused by Covid-19 will end as soon as the government funding runs out, the Cornwall councillor...

Newquay Airport set to resume flights from Covid-19 hotspots next week

By Peter Tremayne Flights from Newquay Airport are due to resume next week, for the first time since the country went into national Covid-19 lockdown on 5th November. A...

Police say they will not fine people travelling to Cornwall but they “must abide by the restrictions”

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council is deploying its night-time street marshals in a bid to ensure compliance with Covid-19 regulations. The teams will be in place in various towns...

Branson now says he’s ready to launch his rocket two weeks early, on 19th December

By Peter Tremayne Virgin boss Richard Branson has announced a new date for his attempt to launch a satellite – two weeks earlier than his previously published date. The...

Bodmin, St Austell, Truro and Penzance all watching for news about Dorothy Perkins, Topshop and Burton retailers

By Peter Tremayne There are increasing signs that a decision about the long-term future of high -profile clothes’ stores in Cornwall will be taken by accountants Deloitte tomorrow (Monday.)...

Tiers before bedtime: Why you can buy a drink in a pub in Cornwall, but not in Devon unless you also buy a “substantial” meal

By Peter Tremayne The 13th century Bush Inn at Crosstown, Morwenstow, is a fine old pub deservedly popular with locals and visitors.  It could soon become even more popular,...