Torrington Mayfair: Town gets ready for Mayfair and carnival next week

Torrington May Fair 2015. Pictures: Sarah Howells

Torrington May Fair 2015. Pictures: Sarah Howells - Credit: Archant

Torrington is getting ready for its Mayfair celebrations and carnival this coming week - everything you need to know here.

Torrington May Fair 2015. Pictures: Sarah Howells

Torrington May Fair 2015. Pictures: Sarah Howells - Credit: Archant

Torrington is gearing up for its biggest celebration of the year – it’s May Fair time again.

On Thursday, May 5, the town will come alive with the celebration of summer, as children dance around the maypole and the May Queen is crowned.

Great Torrington Bluecoats pupil Saffron Sanders, 10, has been selected as the May Queen with Amy Watson, 11, as crowner.

The heralds will be Alex Bunn and Jack Lewington and attendants are: Natasha Howard, Crystal Stevenson, Marnie Macey-Withey, Tilly Thorne, Frankie Potts, Maddison Harding, Chloe MacDonald-Bale, and Phoebe Berry.

Get ready for Torrington May Fair on May 7.

Get ready for Torrington May Fair on May 7. - Credit: Archant


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Saffron, who was an attendant three years ago, is following in the footsteps of family members.

She said: “My sister Polly was a crowner and an attendant before as well.”

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This year’s dressmaker is Toni Alexander, who works for Covent Garden Opera House, but theme of the event will, as ever, be kept top secret until the day.

There will also be all sorts of entertainment, including maypole dancing, a performance by the Torrington Cavaliers and Streetz dance group.

Any wheelchair users who wish to come and see the May Fair celebrations are advised to be in the Square by no later than 10.15am.

Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis outside the Green Lantern.

Following the celebrations, help is required to put away the chairs. Anyone prepared to help should meet in the Square at around 4.30-5pm.

After the May Fair will be the Torrington Carnival, on Saturday, May 7.

This year’s carnival queen will be Great Torrington School pupil Ellie-Louise Curley.

Ellie-Louise, a dancer who performs with the Streetz crew, will be attended by Isabelle Webb and Molly Magarotto.

Entry forms for the carnival are available from Xanadu, in South Street, Torrington.

Anyone coming to watch the carnival is asked to not throw coins at the floats.

Various roads around Torrington will be closed during the carnival, so motorists are told to expect delays.

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