HUNDREDS of people lined the streets of Torrington yesterday (Thursday) to watch the town's annual May Fair celebrations. Cloudy skies briefly gave way to sunshine as 11-year-old May Queen Erin Taylor and her court made the traditional procession into the

HUNDREDS of people lines the streets of Torrington yesterday (Thursday) to watch the town’s annual May Fair celebrations.

Cloudy skies briefly gave way to sunshine as 11-year-old May Queen Erin Taylor and her court made the traditional procession into the town Square to the sounds of the Torrington Silver Band.

Erin’s entourage – attendants, fellow Torrington Junior School pupils Anelisa Zaharia, Louisa Stevens, Hettie Baker, Sada Ord, Lilith Foster-Collins, Sharon Mazura, Chloe Brown and Jazzmine Dennis, and crowner, classmate Sara-Jane Vanstone - were led into the crowd-packed Square by heralds Fergus Higley and Danny Pateman.

Once again, there was a strong family link; Annelisa and Hettie are both daughters of former May Queens while Louise's mum was also an attendant, as was Sada's sister.

This year’s theme – chosen by the Mayor, Cllr Harold Martin, and always a closely-guarded secret until the youngsters step onto the Square – was inspired by the 350th anniversary of General George Monck’s part in the restoration of the monarchy.

Monck’s army, which he led out of Scotland to restore Charles II to the throne, later became what is today known as the Coldstream Guards.

And in tribute to Monck’s men, heralds Fergus and Danny made a dramatic entrance in their matching foot guards-style “bearskins”. They were closely followed by the queen, dressed all in white, and attendants, who continued the Scottish theme by wearing tartan skirts and berets.

The crowning ceremony was just one of a number of events that took place in the town throughout the day.

Children took part in English county dancing, before leading a floral dance around the Square that even gave older members of the crowd the chance to put in a twirl or two.

The Torrington Cavaliers took to the stage with their inimitable brand of fun-filled family entertainment; this year’s 1920-s style act featured plenty of singing and dancing, while more nifty footwork was on show later in the day courtesy of the STEETZ Dance Crew.

That evening, Holsworthy won the Torridge Cup final with a 2-0 victory over Braunton at the town’s Vicarage Fields ground.

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