Many visiting dignitaries and invited guests attended the Proclamation of the Fair at the Plough Arts Centre on the morning of May Fair Day on May 2nd, during which a number of guests made speeches about celebrating Great Torrington and it’s Fair and to thank our visitors for joining us on this special day.  Fairings were offered during the speeches which represent titbits originally offered to entice people at the Fair.



Following the Proclamation ceremony the guests formed a procession to parade around the town during which the Town Clerk read the Proclamation statement to call people to the Fair, when they arrived back in the town square they retired to the bandstand to watch the Crowning of the May Queen (many thanks to Cllr John Insull for the following photographs):



Monday, 18 March 2019 12:05

May Queen & Entourage 2019

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May Fair Day - Thursday May 2nd 2019 - written by Cllr Di Davey

Mayfair Day is here and the Town Square is full of music and excitement with everyone waiting for the May Queen and her entourage to enter the Square. It all suddenly hushes, and there are gasps as the children come into view. The band begins playing the age old tune for the gentle walk up through the Square. 

The theme this year was the Fairy tale Cinderella, each and everyone a princess or prince. The colours were all soft pastel shades with gold and splash of maroon to contrast. All the materials were recycled including the pumpkin and the glass slipper.

Following the crowning the Maypole dance recommenced, I’ve seen many years of the dancing but this year I was really impressed. Well done everyone who took part in this tradition of Great Torrington.





Frankie Potts is the May Queen with Jemima Mitchell as her Crowner and Billy Williams-Rice and Sidney Hill as Heralds. Attendants are Willow Parkhouse, Libby Childs, Millie Watson, Faye Thorne, Alisha Bradley, Kensi Johnstone, Dotty Scoynes and Martha Heal. Congratulations to all of the children.

Photos kindly provided by Cllr John Insull

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 19:53

Mayfair 2019 Slideshow

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Please click the link below to view a lovely slideshow of photographs taken by and put together by Cllr John Insull:-

Mayfair Slideshow

Monday, 18 June 2018 08:56

Carnival Cup Winners

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Decorated float, Comic – cup won by  ”Blazing Saddles” (Torrington  Cavaliers)

Decorated Float, Local Families - Cup won by “Jurassic Park” (K. Hill & Family)

Best Overall Float – Cup won by ”Jurassic Park” (K. Hill & Family)

Adult Walking Character – Cup won by “Minion” (E. Bright)

Walking Characters Pairs – Cup won by “Laurel & Hardy” (C. Tattersall)

Walking Characters (3 or more) – Cup won by “Star Wars-X Wing” (J. Isaac)

Carnival Queen of Queens – Cup won by Bideford Royalty

Carnival Fairy Queens – Cup won by Hatherleigh Prince & Princess


Photographs courtesy of Kistography:-


         BLAZING SADDLES                           JURASSIC PARK                        MINION                LAUREL & HARDY





Monday, 14 May 2018 10:05

Window Dressing Competition 2019

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1st - Lloyds Pharmacy                                                            2nd -Webbers Estate Agents        



3rd - Collectability                                                                            Highly Commended - North Devon Hospice Shop


Monday, 26 February 2018 15:27

Carnival Entry Form 2019

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Friday, 19 January 2018 12:26

May Fair & Carnival Committee Members 2019

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Mrs D. Davey (Chair), Mr R. Rumbold (Treasurer), Mrs G. Clayton (Secretary), Mrs P. Baker (Minutes Secretary), Miss K. Allin, Mrs A. Ayre, Mr R. Ayre, Miss R. Ayre, Mrs J. Batty, Miss A. Beer, Mr C. Bright, Mrs M. Brown, Mrs L. Cooper, Mr M. Darch, Mrs C. Gibbons, Mrs K. Jeffery, Miss S. Mills, Mrs C. Newman, Mr I. Newman, Mrs H. Rumbold, Mrs C. Simmons, Mrs J. Sutton, Mrs D. Tetley, Mr P. Watson, Mrs A. Whittaker.

Friday, 19 January 2018 09:38

Carnival Queen & Attendants 2019

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Many Congratulations to this years Carnival Queen Lara Gasiorowski and her attendants Emma Lewington and Keeley Tucker. 

The crowning was carried out during the evening of Wednesday 1st May in the Square, Great Torrington. During May Fair Day on Thursday 2nd May they were also invited to join in the procession with the other dignitaries and guests with their final role being to participate on their float in the Carnival on Saturday 4th May.

Many thanks to Cllr Keeley Allin for the stunning photographs:-



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