For over 25 years, Mario kept the recreation fields in top condition for the local football players and school sports days. The locals called it the Wembley Turf because the surface was so good! Part of the secret of good pitch management is managing the team matches in poor weather and Mario has had to cancel a few fixtures in his time against the popular vote! Mario retired from his post as Groundsman on 31st May 2018 and is thanked greatly for his service and hard work over the years.
Originally from Italy, Mario came to Great Torrington via Sweden to work in the glass industry at the Dartington factory He met Gwen, a former Torrington May Queen and stayed! The family have enjoyed many May Days with children and grandchildren enjoying roles over the years as May Queens and attendants and now Mario himself, as a Mace Bearer .
The pageantry appeals and he is hoping to enjoy many more May Days.