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Mayfair Proclamation Ceremony 2023

Many visiting dignitaries and invited guests attended the Proclamation of the Fair at the Town Hall on May Fair Day which this year fell on Thursday 4th May.

During the Proclamation 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 also offered during the speeches which represent titbits originally offered to entice people at the Fair, this year these were in the form of handmade shortbread biscuits stamped with the Great Torrington fleur-de-lis.

The beautiful flowers were kindly provided once again by Elaine Weeks & Ann Ayre.

Mayfair & Carnival Committee Members 2023

D. Smith (Chair), K. Allin (Vice Chair), N. Batty (Secretary), T. Oversby (Treasurer), T.  Alexander, J. Andrew, A. Ayre, R. Ayre, J. Baker, P. Baker, J. Batty, S. Blake, S. Boundy, O. Boundy, A. Bright, C. Bright, B. Callaghan-Martin, M. Callaghan-Martin, N. Casey, G. Clayton, P.Cloke, C.Cottle-Hunkin, T. Found, B. Garland, C. Gibbons, G. King, A. Magarotto, S. Mills, D. Parish, J. Rose, H. Rowe, D. Stacey, L. Ward, P. Watson.

Window Dressing Competition 2023

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Mayfair Window Dressing competition – a fantastic effort from everyone ?.

Congratulations to Collectability who won first place, Lilian Rose Interiors in second place, North Devon Hospice in third place and The Green Door were highly commended. We hope you enjoy the selection of entries here ?

May Queen & Entourage 2023

The selection of this years May Queen and Entourage has recently taken place, a couple of weeks before the announcement is made, children put themselves forward for the various roles.  Year 6 girls who wished to be considered for May Queen or Crowner, and Year 6 boys who wished to be considered for May Prince or Herald, each wrote a personal statement for consideration by their peers.  A voting process, which is done anonymously, was then carried out and on Thursday 9th February the Mayor, Cllr Doug Smith attended Great Torrington Bluecoat C of E Primary School to verify the winners and to draw the names of the Attendants.

This years May Queen & Entourage are:

May Queen: Caitlin Sanders

Crowner: Bexleigh Weeks

Heralds: Charlie Hoare & Olly Metherell

May Prince (Standard Bearer): Hilton Parkhouse

Attendants:  Thea Colwill, Phoebe Lineker, Isla Isaac, Livvy Hewitt, Charlotte Keil, Poppy Coates, Summer Howes and Charlotte Vickers.

Congratulations to them all!!