In 1980 Tiverton offered a home to two Vietnemese families seeking a safe place for their families to live and work.

Boat People Article. Image courtesy of Tiverton Museum of Mid-Devon Life.

Image courtesy of Tiverton Museum of Mid-Devon Life.

In 1980, two Vietnamese families arrived in Tiverton after spending 3 months at the Thorney Island reception centre. 

Mr and Mrs Nguyen Van Fu arrived with their three children, whilst the other family of six included Mr Lam Trung Dieu, his wife Binh, and their two sons and two daughters. 

Local newspaper reports suggest that the families were given the essentials needed for living in their new homes, but still needed a sewing machine (as none had been donated).