Torrington will come to life tomorrow (Thursday) as the crowds fill the famous old town square to enjoy the annual May Fair celebrations. The event, believed to date back to 1554, is a great day out for the whole family and thousands of spectators are ex

Torrington will come to life tomorrow (Thursday) as the crowds fill the famous old town square to enjoy the annual May Fair celebrations. The event, believed to date back to 1554, is a great day out for the whole family and thousands of spectators are expected. Entertainment begins at 8:45am with the Silver Band playing around town.Throughout the day, local schoolchildren will delight the crowds by dancing around the maypole and taking part in traditional English country dancing. At 10.30am, there will be floral dancing in the Square. Everyone is invited to join in and a cup will be awarded to the winning four. Torrington Cavaliers will once again be out in force entertaining the crowd with their hilarious antics between 11 and 11.45am.The main event at midday is the proclamation and crowning of May Queen Chloe Kenneally, aged 11, from Torrington Junior School. Alongside Chloe will be her fellow school friends Harvey Hill, 10, and Henry D'Alberti-Nicholsom, 11, as heralds and her young attendants Fleur Rickard, Isabelle Webb, Karla Pitcher, Kirsty Brock, Molly Magarotto, Polly Sanders, Megan Gallagher and Tia Ord. New for 2008 is the Dance Streetz Crew, comprising 60, school children aged from seven to 16.The crew will be strutting their stuff in the town square at 2.30pm.One of the other highlights of the day will be the Cavaliers' surprise afternoon set at 3pm. After their unique interpretation of Swan Lake in 2007 - complete with tutus - it is impossible to imagine what they will be doing and wearing this year. At 4.25pm, the town celebrations will be brought to a close with the Grand Draw. Evening entertainment will be provided by Braunton and Boca Senior Football Clubs as they battle it out at Vicarage Road for the Torridge Cup. The kick-off is at 7.30pm.The traditional Torrington Carnival will bring the week of celebrations to an end on Saturday, May 3. The colourful procession will be led by Carnival Queen Amber Ley, 15, of Shebbear and her two attendants, Keeley Hooper, 15, of Torrington and Kate Williams, 14, of Little Torrington.The parade begins at 6.15pm and will make its way through the town towards the Square.