FAREWELL BRIAN CARTER
There's many a heavy heart down in Devon now that a singular voice has been stilled by the march
of time. Brian Carter was a one-off: a gifted artist, writer and poet whose talents were to serve the
cause nearest to his heart - the care of the countryside and its content. He wrote a column -
"Carter's Country" - for the local Torquay Herald Express and it became a "must" for its readers.
He cycled and led walks and other events to champion a natural world that he saw vanishing beneath
the abusive profiteering mindset of modern Britain. Among his books, "Where The Dream Begins"
and "Yesterday's Harvest" remain personal favourites, resonating with my own personal South Devon
origins. He was a young lad who grew up with WW2 - a boyhood in a rural/coastal England
much of which has vanished for ever but his writing was full of his pleasure in those less material
days and every line a delight for his lucky readers. If you do not know of this gifted man, I urge
you to seek out a copy of "Where The Dream Begins" - a wonderful distillation of all the things
that made him such a valuable contibutor to an age we have lost and the one we live in now. He will
be grievously missed but his matchless legacy will ensure he will not be forgotten.
"The Almighty and the angels love to hike
Now Brian Carter's on his bike
To a deserved place in that greater heaven
Beyond his own beloved Devon"
RIP - "Bri".
1937 - 2015