Torrington's Civil War commemorative march will battle on for 2008 thanks to a donation from homebuilder George Wimpey. The future of the famous march, which takes place annually to remember Torrington's famous civil war battle in 1646, was in doubt last
Torrington's Civil War commemorative march will battle on for 2008 thanks to a donation from homebuilder George Wimpey. The future of the famous march, which takes place annually to remember Torrington's famous civil war battle in 1646, was in doubt last year after Government funding was withdrawn.George Wimpey, which is currently developing a collection of new homes at Torrington Gate in Torrington, approached event organisers Torrington 1646 and offered to sponsor this year's march on Saturday, February 16. Janine Davey, Sales and Marketing Director for George Wimpey Exeter, said: "The commemorative march is a great day out for the family and engages people of all ages and backgrounds in Torrington's incredible history. Everyone on the George Wimpey team wanted the re-enactment to live on and fight another battle!" Pete Wines from Torrington 1646 said: "Without George Wimpey's help this year's commemorative march would not have taken place for the first time in 12 years. It's a real community event and we plan to make this years re enactment bigger and better than ever." The Torrington battle was the last major conflict of the first English Civil War and involved some 17,000 men.At the end, the church, which the Royalists had used as a powder store, exploded, destroying that building and much of the town.A commemorative wreath for those who were killed in the church will be laid upon the mass grave as part of the procession.There will be free entry to the Torrington 1646 experience all day. Other events will include a musket competition at 1646 and fireworks in the South Street car park in the evening.n For more information on new home at Torrington Gate please contact George Wimpey on (01805) 624334.