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Statement for Mayfair and Carnival 2021

It is with careful consideration and deep regret that, in light of recent increased cases of Covid-19 and uncertainty for future months with regards to the pandemic, we feel we have no option but to cancel Mayfair and Carnival for 2021. Again, this was a huge decision from the committee and was not made lightly. In this case, safety had to come first and so too does the education and well being of our young people and staff at our schools.

This decision has been made in conjunction with the school, whom we have closely liaised with over the last few weeks.

Clearly we hope that we will be meeting again in 2022 to be able to return to our normal celebrations.

From my position as Mayor, I am very sad to not have been able to experience Mayfair in this capacity, as I know how important this event is to the community of Great Torrington. However, we have all come together and I know our tradition will continue for many years.

Keeley Allin – Chair of the Mayfair and Carnival Committee

May Queen & Entourage 2020

Previously selected 2020 May Queen and Entourage:

May Queen: Matilda Vallely

Crowner: Freya Bond

Heralds: Leo Treml and Eashan Nijjar

Attendants: Esme Rollins and Isabelle Ward, Jade Schofield and Lexus Laughton, Bexleigh Weeks and Daisy Tucker, Lissie Hooper and Evie Healey.



May Fair & Carnival Committee Members 2020/21

Miss K. Allin (Chair), Mr D. Smith (Vice Chair), Mrs R. Arnold (Secretary), Ms T. Oversby (Treasurer), Mrs A. Ayre, Miss R. Ayre, Mrs P. Baker, Mrs J. Batty, Miss A. Beer, Mr K. Berry, Mr C. Bright, Mrs M. Brown, Mrs G. Clayton, Ms L. Ward, Mrs D. Davey, Mrs K. Durk, Mrs S. Fisher, Mrs C. Gibbons, Mr J. Insull, Mrs G. King, Mrs A. Magarotto, Ms S. Mills, Mrs T. Popham, Mr J. Rose, Mrs J. Sutton, Mrs D. Tetley, Mr P. Watson, Mrs A. Whittaker, Mr S. Willats.

May Fair Proclamation & Procession 2019

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):



May Queen & Entourage 2019

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

Carnival Cup Winners

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



Window Dressing Competition 2019



1st – Lloyds Pharmacy                                                            2nd -Webbers Estate Agents        


3rd – Collectability                                                                            Highly Commended – North Devon Hospice Shop