Great Torrington is gearing up for the biggest celebration of the year this week with its annual Mayfair.

Celebrations begin on Wednesday, May 2 with the rehearsal and crowning of the carnival queen at 6pm in the Square.

The main event will be on Thursday, May 3, in The Square, from 9am, where there will be may pole dancing from Great Torrington Bluecoat pupils and the crowning of the May Queen, 11-year-old Amelia Batten.

Paige MacDonald-Bale, 10, was voted as crower and the crowning will take place at noon.

Freddie North, 11, and Albie Smithson, 10, were selected as heralds and the attendants were Evie Hill, seven; Calypso Smithson, eight; Lily Beer, eight; Amber Schofield, eight; Ellie Cooke, seven; Lilie Barber, seven; Allannah McConnachie, eight; and Poppy Fry, eight.

The Mayfair entourage with Torrington mayor Sue Mills and consort Keeley Allin.The Mayfair entourage with Torrington mayor Sue Mills and consort Keeley Allin.

Amelia was selected to be an attendant back in 2015 but ill health sadly meant that she missed out on the whole occasion so it seemed rather fitting that she be voted as May Queen this year.

Crowner Paige was also an attendant in 2015 and Lilie, attendant, will be following in her sister Lola’s footsteps as she was an attendant last year.

Unusually, and quite possibly a first in Mayfair history, siblings Calypso and Albie were both selected for the entourage this year as attendant and herald.

There is a long Mayfair history in the family with mother Jennie being an attendant in 1984, while her sister-in-law Amanda was May Queen that year.

Scenes from Torrington Mayfair 2017. Picture: Sarah HowellsScenes from Torrington Mayfair 2017. Picture: Sarah Howells

As well as the crowning there will be the hotly-anticipated performance from the Torrington Cavaliers.

But as is Mayfair tradition, the theme will not be revealed until the day itself.

Mayfair secretary Tash Batty said: “On behalf of everyone on the committee, we hope you all have a great time and remember us be plaised to zee ‘ee.”

On Friday, May 4, will be the annual Round the Tree race, starting and finishing in The Square.

Scenes from Torrington Mayfair 2017. Picture: Sarah HowellsScenes from Torrington Mayfair 2017. Picture: Sarah Howells

Registration for the multi-terrain, 2.75-mile race starts at 5.30pm.

And on Saturday, May 6, Torrington Carnival will take place.

The Carnival Queen will be Great Torrington School pupil Megan Cole, with attendants Sian Tetley and Lauren Standen.