May Queen Molly leads celebrations

Joseph Bulmer

Torrington youngster follows in mum and gran’s footsteps to fulfil special role

THE pomp and pageantry of the Royal Wedding returned to Torrington on Thursday.

Barely a week after the main event at Westminster Abbey, the bunting and the crowds were back out in force as the town kept alive its ancient May Fair traditions with a special nod to the happy couple.

May Queen Molly Magorotto, 11, looked every bit as striking as the Duchess of Cambridge in a beautiful white gown accompanied by boy heralds Freddie Webber and James C-Hollingsworth who both wore RAF uniforms.

Crown bearer Polly Sanders, also 11, wore white and purple while young attendants Courtney Crews, Alex Wheeler, Jessica Sanders, Emma Lewington, Anastasia Almey, Sabella McPake, Ebony Bugge and Jessica Burgess-Farrant all looked splendid in purple gowns with large white bows.

Even a brief shower of rain failed to put a dampener on what was proud day for the Magarotto’s, who watched the third generation of the family take centre stage in the town Square. Mum Andrea (nee Barrett) was queen in 1980 and grandmother Gwen (nee Pitts) filled the royal role in 1961.

For a double picture gallery of this year’s celebrations and crowning, click on the multimedia link on the top right of this page.