September 19 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, May 1, 2014
People turn out in their droves to see May Queen Alisha Bissett crowned
THOUASNDS of people defied the wet weather to celebrate Torrington’s annual Mayfair today (Thursday).
The town was beautifully decorated with bunting and two traditional maypoles, one at each end of the town square.
Torrington Silver Band kicked off the celebrations, playing around the town in the morning.
Youngsters from the United Open Air Service then entertained the crowds in the Square, led by Reverend Morgan.
Pupils from years three and four of Great Torrington Junior School continued the festivities with traditional English country dancing.
School children then took part in floral dancing, with members of the crowd joining in.
Three Torrington girls then performed a medley of songs from Disney films, before Torrington Cavaliers unveiled their surprise for the year.
They showed up dressed in black suits, surrounded by a cardboard ‘police car’ before energetically performing to keep spirits high – despite the rain continuing to fall.
At 12pm, dignitaries marched into the Square, and the proclamation of May Fair was read to the crowd.
Torrington’s 84th May Queen, Alisha Bissett, along with her heralds and attendants, then made her way up to the Square for the crowning.
Alisha was joined by crowner Shannon Found, heralds Max Avery and Jake Tetley – dressed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One – and attendants Sophie Rollins, Phoebe Treml, Elllie-May Jury, Briony Folland, Delilah Stratford, Tiegan Ager, Chloe Gough and Josey Edmonds.
Alisha was then escorted to a congregation of dignitaries, including the mayor, town councillors and Torridge MP Geoffrey Cox.
Celebrations continued into the afternoon, Torrington school children forming the ‘Streetz’ dance crew, before more entertainment from the Torrington Cavaliers.
Friday will see the round the tree races take place from the Square at 7pm, with the Grand Carnival on Saturday evening.
The week’s events will end with evensong and benediction at St Michael and All Angels Church on Sunday.
For more photos of this year’s Mayfair celebrations, click the image galleries on the right-hand side of the page.