THOUSANDS of people flocked to Torrington on Saturday night as flames and fireworks once again lit the skies over the town, courtesy of Torrington Cavaliers. The Cavaliers charity group marked its 40th anniversary with its 14th giant bonfire, a 100ft by

THE castle before it was put to the torch.

THOUSANDS of people flocked to Torrington on Saturday night as flames and fireworks once again lit the skies over the town, courtesy of Torrington Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers' charity group marked its 40th anniversary with its 14th giant bonfire, a 100ft by 50ft masterpiece in the form of a medieval castle.

Prior to its burning, the crowds were entertained by a mock battle and storming of the castle and a pageant by The Plough Arts Centre featuring the 'king of the castle.'

There were also spectacular fireworks displays before and after the lighting.

After two years in the planning and construction, the imposing structure, complete with gargoyles, stained glass windows and a giant dragon, became the target for the flaming arrows of local archers before the final torch was applied by Dave Kelly, one of the Cavaliers' founding members.

The flames lit up the town commons and illuminated the faces of an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 onlookers, who have once again helped the Cavaliers to raise tens of thousands of pounds for local charities.

This year's main beneficiaries will be the Children's Hospice South West and the North Devon Cancer Care Centre Trust.

It is expected that this year's efforts will take the Cavaliers' bonfire fund raising for charity to over the £300,000 mark.