Torrington battle commemorated

MUSKETS again roared and flames flickered in Torrington on Saturday night as the Cavalier town re-enacted its part in the final battle of the English Civil War. To mark the Battle of Torrington, 463 years ago, Torrington s band of Cavaliers and members of

MUSKETS again roared and flames flickered in Torrington on Saturday night as the Cavalier town re-enacted its part in the final battle of the English Civil War.To mark the Battle of Torrington, 463 years ago, Torrington's band of Cavaliers and members of the town's 1646 Heritage Centre were joined by re-enactment groups for the annual commemorative torchlight parade and ceremony. Cavaliers, Roundheads, pikemen, drummers, torch bearers and a variety of 17th century residents marched through the town - pausing for volleys of musket fire - before assembling in the square for a proclamation by Town Mayor Harold Martin.Then came the laying of a wreath on the mass grave in the parish church cemetery believed to contain the bodies of dozens of Parliamentarian prisoners held in the church and killed when it was blown up by attacking forces.The evening ended with more musketry in the South Street car park and modern-day fireworks.The event was organised by Great Torrington and District Community development Trust and Great Torrington Cavaliersand sponsored by Torridge District Council.

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