PICTURES: Torrington celebrates ‘Grinchmas’ during Christmas Who-billation

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:31 04 December 2017

The Grinch with Santa's naughty list at Great Torrington's Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells

The Grinch with Santa's naughty list at Great Torrington's Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells

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Great Torrington was transformed into Whoville yesterday (Saturday) to celebrate the Christmas lights switch on - check out our photos from the day here.

The Grinch paid a visit to Great Torrington yesterday (Saturday) as the town celebrated a Christmas ‘Who-billation’.

Traders transformed the town square into ‘Whoville’ for the festive-themed fair, which saw delighted visitors get into the Christmas spirit.

The Grinch was the star of the show, making young children giggle with glee as he shared his ‘naughty list’ stolen from Santa.

'Star' from Higher Beings at Torrington's Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells 'Star' from Higher Beings at Torrington's Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells

Matt Whittaker, who took on the role of The Grinch, said: “It’s been a real success; the church is full for the Christmas fair and it’s been really good.

“I’ve been sharing Santa’s naughty list with children, which the town mayor Sue Mills is on.

“I’ve only made two children cry, so that is good!”

Father Christmas and his helper at Torrington parish church's fair on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells Father Christmas and his helper at Torrington parish church's fair on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells

Town councillor Chris Bright also got into the festive spirit with a Grinch-inspired costume.

He said: “The whole event speaks for itself, it’s just brilliant.

“I’ve been running the plate smashing stand which is great fun, I can’t believe how many people have come out, it’s amazing.”

Chris Keeley let us in on the secret to her voluminious hair - socks! At Torrington's Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells Chris Keeley let us in on the secret to her voluminious hair - socks! At Torrington's Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells

Stilt walker ‘Star’ from Higher Beings delighted the crowds with his sparkling attire, and choirs sung festive tunes.

The Rotary Club was selling raffle tickets and inside the parish church was a Christmas fair with a chance to visit Father Christmas.

The undercroft of the town hall was also transformed into a festive grotto, with queues of children waiting outside.

Torrington town councillor Chris Bright at the Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells Torrington town councillor Chris Bright at the Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells

And in the Square there was also snow, which children merrily danced around in until the lights were officially switched on.

Scroll down for more photos from the Grinchmas celebrations in Torrington.

Rotary Club members David Daniel and Rick Smale at GreatTorrington celebrated a Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells Rotary Club members David Daniel and Rick Smale at GreatTorrington celebrated a Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells

Choirs entertained crowds as GreatTorrington celebrated a Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells Choirs entertained crowds as GreatTorrington celebrated a Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells

There was even snow in the Square at Torrington's Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells There was even snow in the Square at Torrington's Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells

GreatTorrington celebrated a Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells GreatTorrington celebrated a Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells

GreatTorrington celebrated a Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells GreatTorrington celebrated a Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells

GreatTorrington celebrated a Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells GreatTorrington celebrated a Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells

The Grinch at Great Torrington's Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells The Grinch at Great Torrington's Christmas 'Who-billation' on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Howells

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