Emily chosen for big day in May

Torrington May Queen Emily Tyrrell (centre) flanked by heralds Jack Margarotto and Sam Hill, surroun

Torrington May Queen Emily Tyrrell (centre) flanked by heralds Jack Margarotto and Sam Hill, surrounded by attendants, crowner Evie West (centre back) plus the Mayor, Cllr Margaret Brown (right) and the Mayor's consort, Cheryl Russell-Cargill. - Credit: Archant

Torrington chooses its 83rd May Queen for May Fair on Thursday, May 2.

TORRINGTON May Fair on Thursday, May 2 will see the continuation of a proud community tradition as new generations take their place in the May Queen’s royal entourage.

Emily Tyrrell has been chosen as the 83rd queen, joined by fellow Great Torrington Junior School pupils Jack Margarotto and Sam Hill as heralds and Evie West as crowner.

Her attendants will be Maisie Ryan, Ellie James, Amy Watson, Abigail Crouch, Chloe Mayne, Saffron Sanders, Ruby Vallely and Scarlet Wise.

Seven of the 12 have family members who took part in previous May Fairs – in Jack’s case, his sister, mum and grand mother were all May Queens, while his dad was a herald.

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Their costumes — with the theme a closely guarded secret — have been created this year by dressmaker Julie Evans.

The annual May Fair celebration takes place on the first Thursday in May, complete with the crowning of the May Queen plus Maypole and floral dancing in the town square. It was first held in 1554.

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The Fair culminates with the Torrington Carnival procession on the following Saturday night.

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