Thousands of people turned out to join in the celebrations and see the crowning of the town’s 83rd May Queen.
THOUSANDS of people took advantage of the sunshine to celebrate Torrington’s annual Mayfair today (Thurs).
Torrington Silver Band led the celebrations through the town which was decorated with bunting, flowering gorse and two traditional may poles.
Crowds gathered to watch year three and four students of Great Torrington Junior School perform English country dancing in the Square.
This was followed by floral dancing, led by the school children with the whole crowd eventually joining in.
The cast of ‘A Night at the Musical’, who have raised more than £5,000 for charity through its performances at The Plough, performed for the crowd.
The Torrington Cavaliers then donned leather jackets and wigs to perform a special rendition of Grease Lightening for their annual show.
At 12pm, dignitaries marched into the Square, and the proclamation of May Fair was read to the crowd.
Emily Tyrrell, Torrington’s 83rd May Queen, her attendants and heralds then entered the Square for the crowning.
Emily was escorted by heralds Jack Margarotto and Sam Hill, attendants Maisie Ryan, Ellie James, Amy Watson, Abigail Crouch, Chloe Mayne, Saffron Sanders, Ruby Vallely and Scarlet Wise, and crowner Evie West.
After a lunch break, celebrations continued until 5pm this evening.
Tomorrow (Friday) will see the annual Round the Tree Race take place, and the week will culminate with the carnival on Saturday.
To see more photos from this year’s celebrations, click the galleries on the right hand side of the page.
Road closures will remain in place as follows for the rest of the week:
Friday, May 3 – Round the Tree Race
High Street, the Square, Fore Street, South Street (from the Square to South Street car park), Potacre Street, Cornmarket Street, Higher Well Street closed 6pm until 9pm.
Saturday, May 4 – Carnival
New Street, Calf Street, East Street, Well Street, Fore Street, High Street, the Square, South Street, Halsdon Road closed from 6.15pm until 8pm.