TOPICAL, colourful and with an increased number of entries, Torrington's annual May Fair Carnival was declared a great success.

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TOPICAL, colourful and with an increased number of entries, Torrington's annual May Fair Carnival was declared a great success.

Pigs had a special part to play. They were depicted in a satirical "snouts in the trough" tilt at the controversy over MPs expenses and also accompanied by characters in Mexican sombrero hats and medical staff in a comical look at the Swine Flu outbreak.

Torrington Cavaliers made their usual big impact, this year with their collection of Crazy Cars based on the television Wacky Racers cartoon characters.

Also catching the eye were a Taste of India in music, dance and colourful costume from the local Maya Indian restaurant, a Torrington School Musical depicted by the local dental practice and a Teddy Bears' Picnic by the Jack and Jill Pre-School.

The Davey family from Torrington took the trophy for the best float with the impressive still-life entry, Checkmate.

But it was the still-life black and white of the Davey family's chessboard Checkmate that took the trophy as best Torrington float.

Trophy winners: Queen of Queens, Bude; Fairy Queens, Holsworthy; best Torrington float and best original float, Checkmate (Davey family); best comic float, Torrington School Musical (Torrington Dental Practice); best juvenile float, Teddy Bears Picnic (Jack and Jills under-fives); best trade float, Taste of India (Roberta Dymond and the Maya Indian Restaurant); walking individuals, Commons litter picker (Daphne Metherell); walking pairs, Darth Vader and Princes Leia (Bradley Lambert and Lauren Standen); walking groups, Torrington Cavaliers' crazy cars.

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