IT S going to be the hottest event of the summer – and tickets to Torrington Cavaliers Bank Holiday bonfire spectacular are already selling like well. A life-size replica of the medieval Torrington Castle will be burnt to the ground in aid of Children s

IT'S going to be the hottest event of the summer - and tickets to Torrington Cavaliers' Bank Holiday bonfire spectacular are already selling like well.

A life-size replica of the medieval Torrington Castle will be burnt to the ground in aid of Children's Hospice South West and the North Devon Cancer Care Centre Trust.

The highly detailed wooden castle on Torrington Common measures 60ft high by 120ft wide has been two years in the making by the Cavaliers. It comes complete with drawbridge, moat and is accessible inside, up to the turrets.

Visitors are able to come and view the castle during the day in the lead up to the bonfire on Saturday, August 28, when it will be set alight by 30 archers with flaming arrows. The 18,000 people expected on the night will be also be able to enjoy a massive fireworks display.

The castle is the latest in a long line of enormous bonfires built and burnt by the Torrington Cavaliers during the past 40 years, raising more than £250,000 for charity.

Among those built was the 120ft high replica of the Houses of Parliament in 1990, while in 1996, it was the turn of a full size wooden church. In 2000, they re-created a scene from the Great Fire of London, while most recently, they set alight a half size replica of HMS Victory in 2005.

Cavaliers spokesperson Chris Tattersall, said: "We find that many people are surprised to discover the full scale of this build and eventual bonfire, it's certainly likely to be the biggest bonfire many of our spectators will ever see.

"We welcome people to come and have a look prior to the event - there are always people on site on the Torrington Common.

"Tickets are selling fast so we encourage people to get theirs quickly and enjoy a brilliant evening out while raising money for fantastic charities such as Children's Hospice South West whom we are very proud to support."

Emma Perry, community fundraiser for Little Bridge House, added: "We are very grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of this spectacular bonfire event and I have been impressed at the time and dedication taken by Torrington Cavaliers.

"I am sure the bonfire will be quite a spectacle to behold."

Tickets are on sale from many shops in Torrington including Mole & Haggis, M&V Ferry, Tattersall's Property Management, as well as Tourist Information Centres throughout North Devon. They cost £5 for three-16-year-olds and £7.50 for adults and are also available online at www.torrington-cavaliers.co.uk

Gates open at 4pm, with pre-bonfire entertainment starting at 7.30pm. The castle history narration and battle scene start at 8.50pm and the lighting of the castle set to get under way at 9.15pm, followed by a fireworks finale at 9.30pm.