Giant Trumpton bonfire planned for 2015 in Torrington

Steve Young, chairman of the Torrington Cavaliers, is currently working on a planning application fo

Steve Young, chairman of the Torrington Cavaliers, is currently working on a planning application for the giant bonfire on Torrington Commons. - Credit: Archant

The Gazette reveals plans for the next giant bonfire event in Torrington - with the date set for August 2015.

How the 2015 Trumpton bonfire will look.

How the 2015 Trumpton bonfire will look. - Credit: Archant

THE Torrington Cavaliers have begun work on building a giant replica of the television village Trumpton – before setting the whole thing on fire.

The Gazette can reveal the group now has two years of work ahead of it as volunteers construct the scene from the 1960s television series on Torrington Commons for the big burn on August bank holiday, 2015.

The Cavaliers have become famous for their giant bonfire events which started when the group formed in the 1970s.

The last event was in 2010, where the torches lit a full-sized medieval castle in front of 10,000 people, raising £60,000 for local charities.

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Chairman Steve Young has been working on the design for months and is hoping to submit a planning application to Torridge District Council in the coming weeks.

He told the Gazette: “It will be a village scene just like in the programme, with a butcher’s, bakers, village hall and of course, the famous fire station.

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“The castle in 2010 was a huge project but we got there and it was a spectacular show.

“It will hopefully be a fun build, and it will be the perfect backdrop to various entertainment leading up to the show.”

The funds raised from the 2015 bonfire will go towards the Plough Arts Centre and Macmillan Cancer Support as well as other local charities.

Richard Wolfenden-Brown, director of the Plough, said the money would help its £100,000 appeal to replace the 35mm film projector for a digital one.

He said: “We are very grateful to the Cavaliers for deciding to support the Plough in this way, which will bring our target much closer and help us to secure our funding for the benefit of the town and the wider community.”

The Cavaliers hope to have the main structures up on the Commons with information panels by the summer next year, but first they are looking for materials to make a start on constructing the scene.

“A lot of local traders have been very generous in helping us but we urgently need wooden poles and roof trusses to start work,” said Steve.

Anyone who can help the Cavaliers with materials such as telegraph poles or tall fur trees can contact them through or on the Torrington Cavaliers Facebook page.

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