TORRINGTON switches on the Christmas spirit tonight when young May Queen Erin Taylor presses the button in the town square at 6.30pm to turn on the festive lights.

TORRINGTON switches on the Christmas spirit tonight

when young May Queen Erin Taylor

presses the button in the town square at 6.30pm to turn on

the festive lights.

It will be a doubly special day for Erin, who will also be

celebrating her 12th birthday.

Then it will be off to the Pannier Market, where traders

are planning a celebration of their own.

Youngsters of the Torrington Street Dance Crew will

provide energetic entertainment. There will be more

music and a choir, a chance to take a festive rickshaw ride

and to enjoy tombola, mulled wine, a chocolate fountain,

lucky dip and sample the festive menu at the market café.

The shops will be opening late from 6pm to 8.30pm.

It wouldn't be Christmas in Torrington without something

special from the town's Cavaliers charity group.

They will once again be building a special grotto for

Santa and welcoming all the town's children to come and

visit. It will be the venue for the annual kiddies' giveaway

from 10am to 12.30pm on December 19, with goody bags

for the youngsters from Santa and his Cavalier helpers.

As a 'thank-you' to the community for their support during

the year the Cavaliers will also have some goodies for

older age groups, such as mince pies, mulled cider and

chestnuts.

And it will again be "all for one and fun for all" in the

town square on New Year's Eve, when the Cavaliers will

again invite everyone to join them at their trailer-top

disco to welcoming the New Year - the more the merrier

and the fancier the dress, the better!