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Coronation Cream Tea

On Sunday May 7th we were delighted to host approximately ninety invited guests at Great Torrington Town & Community Hall for a Coronation Cream Tea.

The afternoon began with musical entertainment for all in the Town Square, provided by Torrington Silver Band; the sun shone and several members of the community came along to enjoy the brilliant music. We would like to thank those members of the band who gave up their precious time to entertain us on a Bank Holiday Weekend.

The cream tea followed; guests enjoyed a scone with jam & cream (whichever went first was fine by us!) and further musical entertainment from Kathy Ellis. The hall was decorated with bunting, floral displays, paperchains, and flags all in patriotic red, white & blue. The Town Hall Titans volunteered to serve teas and coffees throughout the afternoon and we would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to them for their support, as the event could not have happened if they had not volunteered their time.

A big thank you goes to the Year 6 members of the Mayfair Entourage and their parents, who attended the event in their amazing Mayfair costumes. We know that you had a very busy weekend, and a very busy day on Sunday when you visited local care homes, did some doorstep deliveries of cream teas for people who could not attend, and then came along to the cream tea itself. It was lovely for our guests to see your costumes close-up, especially those who were unable to see the Mayfair procession. Congratulations on performing your duties at Mayfair so well, and thank you for your support with our cream tea – you all looked fabulous.

In organising this event council officers and staff worked closely with Great Torrington Bluecoat Primary School, social prescribers, and Great Torrington Town & Lands Charity who all helped with reaching members of the community to invite to the cream tea. We also worked with Torrington Rotary Club who provided the transport for many guests; these people would not have been able to attend without this valuable support and we sincerely thank you all for giving up your time to allow these people to access this event.

Community events take a lot of time and organisation behind the scenes, and this one involved working with different groups within the community to enable others to access a social celebration of this historic event. This kind of community coordination is something that Great Torrington excels at and we thank everyone who played their part in making it happen.