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Developing Delabole
Chris Keat
Chris Keat busy at work repairing printers and televisions

For Chris Keat Delabole is a very special place. He still lives in the house where he was born.

As chairman of the local Development Group he keeps his eye on the village's future.

Delabole Website
Chris Hore's website tells you more about the Development Group. See the daffodils being planted in the village.

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+ Chris Keat has lived in Delabole all his life.

+ He still lives in the house where he was born.

+ For many years Chris was in the Delabole Fire Brigade and he still runs his own village business.

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Chris Keat has lived in the same house in Pengelly for all his life.

The room he was born in is now his bedroom.

"I was born and bred, went to school and worked here all my life," smiles Chris. "I went to Delabole Primary School. I actually passed my 11+ by a stroke of luck and ended up in Camelford Grammer School. I really enjoyed growing up in Delabole. We would spend a lot of time down at the quarry and on the beach. Back in that age when television was not common, we invented things to do and used our imaginations more."

The Free Methodists would sing where these cottages are many years ago
These old cottages near Chris' house used to be a methodist chapel

Even when Chris started working he did not stray far from his beloved home.

"I ran a television repair service," says Chris. "My offices were based in the shed outside this house!"

Chris still finds a spare moment to tinker with televisions and computer printers which have broken down.

Chris also keeps himself busy as the Chairman of the Delabole Development Group. The aim is to improve life for the people who live in the village.

"We were set up a couple of years ago. We are working on a variety of projects like improving parking in the village," says Chris.

Delabole Fire Station
For many years Chris was in the local Fire Brigade

One passion of the development group is to see more housing offered at affordable prices for people in the village.

"We are in the stages of negotiation for a plot of land in the village," explains Chris. "In conjunction with the Gaia centre we would like to build eco-houses which are quite cheap to buy but also cheap to run."

The development group also work to keep Delabole looking at its best.

The members spent a recent weekend dodging showers and planting several hundred bulbs. Make sure you visit Delabole in the spring to see a spectacular bed of daffodils.

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