East Budleigh musician composes Devon's anthem

PUBLISHED: 10:11 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 14:43 09 April 2010

EAST Budleigh could be the birthplace of the Devon anthem if a musician's tune is chosen as the Song for Devon.

EAST Budleigh could be the birthplace of the Devon anthem if a musician's tune is chosen as the Song for Devon.

Paul Painter, of Lower Budleigh, has gone through to the semi-finals of the Devon competition, with three other contestants, organised by the county council to find the Devon anthem.

The song the 53-year-old music teacher wrote is a ballad of how beautiful it is to have a Devon Day and includes references to the most beautiful parts of the county including the Budleigh area and its famous people.

Following from the success of designing a Devon flag the county council will announce the winning song on December 15.

Mr Painter, who also conducts the Devon Youth Concert Orchestra, said: "The trickiest bit was including everything I wanted to say of Devon in just three minutes."

The winner will be the one with the most votes from the public cast through the county council website or by text messaging.

Devon County Council's Deputy Leader John Smith said: "We are looking for an overall winner with wide appeal which can be sung in locations from primary schools to churches or football matches.

"We are just looking for something that captures the spirit of Devon, which people of all ages can relate to."

The three other finalists are

Voting lines close at 9am on Friday, December 12.

To vote and listen to the songs visit www.devon.gov.uk


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