My Dartmouth - Paul Greenfield and Alan Price of Signature
Why did you come to Dartmouth?
Alan said: “We came to Dartmouth as we had a second home here that we visited every other weekend and decided in 2004 that it would be much more sensible to move here full time and start our own business.
What makes Dartmouth special for you?
“Dartmouth is special to us because of its beauty and its community spirit,” said Paul. “We consider ourselves extremely lucky to live in such a fabulous place with so much going on. We have made many friends and have a busy and varied social life.”
What is the most enduring memory of Dartmouth?
Paul said: “An enduring memory for me was back in the 1970s when I was in the town on holiday and stood for hours in avenue gardens with my family to see Her Majesty the Queen arrive to visit the College.
We saw the Royal Yacht Britannia come into the river and then some time later the Queen walked through the gardens to where the cars were waiting outside the National Westminster bank.
As she was stopping to meet lots of people, Prince Phillip got to the cars first and then stood chatting to me and my family for a few moments. My father was especially delighted as Lord Mountbatten also stopped to talk to him. I still remember that day when I walk through the gardens.
What is your favourite place in Dartmouth?
“It has to be our shop ‘Signature of Dartmouth’!” said Alan. “It allows us to meet all sorts of interesting people who are visiting the town and is also constantly busy with locals who always have time for a chat and catch up. We get to experience the day- to-day life of the town at first hand and enjoy being part of the business community.”
Best moment in Dartmouth?
Paul said: “One of the best was the day of the eclipse back in 1999. The whole town seemed to be partying that day and when it went pitch black at 11am in the morning it was a very strange sensation. The seagulls went crazy and people let fireworks off from boats on the river. It was a brilliant experience and a great place to watch it.”
First published May/June 2013 By the Dart