Mayfair Celebrations


Last year when Great Torrington’s Mayfair, the most popular event in the Town’s annual calendar was cancelled due to the Pandemic, the Townsfolk rallied and created their own virtual Mayfair in the hope that the cancellation would be a one-off.     Homes throughout the Town decorated windows, doors and gardens with colourful bunting and Maypoles.  Residents adorned themselves in their Mayfair finery and enjoyed garden parties within their own social bubbles in the hope that 2021 Mayfair would be back with a bang!

Town Mayor, Keeley Allin was devastated when Mayfair was cancelled for a second year and said.  “Of course, it is right and proper that the event should be cancelled again in line with Covid regulations but it’s another huge blow to our Town.  Mayfair has always been the biggest community celebration in our Town’s history with schools, community groups and residents coming together for a weekend of fun and festivity. Thousands of locals and visitors flock to our beautiful Town on the first Thursday of May when Mayfair celebrations begin, with children from the local schools entertaining the crowds with Maypole dancing followed by the crowning of the May Queen, accompanied by her crowner, heralds, attendants and Town band.”

When news reached the Town’s Knit and Natter Group that Mayfair was to be cancelled for a second year, they decided to create their very own special Mayfair parade.  Needles have been clicking and clacking like crazy for the past few months and their amazing creation was unveiled at Great Torrington Town Hall today and is already wowing the townsfolk.

Sandra Crawley, Chair of Torrington Town Hall, where the Knit and Natter group normally meet every Wednesday (they will be resuming on Wednesday 19th May from 10am to 12noon – everyone welcome) was overwhelmed with the breath-taking display and said. “Our Knit and Natter group were determined to give residents something to smile about and look ahead to next year’s Mayfair when once again we can celebrate this wonderful tradition which is so important to everyone in our Town. We hope next year the Town Hall can once again play its part in welcoming friends and visitors old and new to enjoy all Great Torrington has to offer.”