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Mayor’s Statement regarding Mayfair – updated

It is with careful reconsideration and deep sadness that, in light of more recent developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to cancel Mayfair and the Carnival 2020. We had previously postponed the event until July, but with more recent updates and with the schools now closed and ongoing uncertainty it is simply not a feasible option.

Please be assured that this was not an easy step to take, crucially however, safety must come first. We are and will continue to be in contact with the local schools in the hope that a scaled down event for those children involved may take place later in the year. However, as I am sure you understand, it will very much depend on external circumstances. Arrangements with the dress maker are still going ahead so that the May Queen and her entourage will have their outfits.

We want to thank everyone for your understanding in this incredibly difficult and unprecedented time.  We will continue to keep you all upated.

Cllr Keeley Allin, Mayor and Chairman of the Great Torrington Mayfair and Carnival Committee.

May Queen & Entourage 2020

Not long to go now!

Will and I loved going down to see all the children again on the 25th February for the first official photographs – they’re all getting very excited, as are we!

Will and the dress maker are working hard behind the scenes and I know we’ll all be looking forward to seeing a Great Torrington’s biggest secret revealed on Mayfair Day!

We are delighted to announce this year’s Entourage as follows:

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

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, Mrs L. Cooper, 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.

Carnival Queen & Attendants 2020

Huge congratulations to Charlie Butt who will be this year’s Carnival Queen and to her two attendants, Mia Lewis and Libby Brown, seen here with Great Torrington’s Mayor Keeley Allin and a massive thank you to everyone who took the time to apply for the position of Great Torrington Carnival Queen.

This years carnival will take place on Saturday 9th May.

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