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Torrington Cavaliers Get Going

By Tom Cox

Apr 13, 2018

The Great Torrington Cavaliers, holders of the “Queens Award for Voluntary Service” have started the build of their bonfire spectacular to be burnt on Saturday 29th August 2020 as part of the Mayflower 400 commemoration; this also marks the 50th anniversary of the Cavaliers.

It was due to an invite from the Lord Mayor of Plymouth to attend the 350th anniversary of the Mayflower's journey in 1970 that lead to the Great Torrington Cavaliers formation with the motto “Let’s put on events the like of which Torrington has never seen before!”. The 2020 event will be the most spectacular event that they have embarked on to commemorate both dates in history.

Their build couldn't go ahead without the support of businesses and partners from across the region. The Cavaliers would therefore like to highlight the contribution of the organisations and individuals who have helped them to date:


Pearce Construction

WMS Building Partnerships

Tamar Trading Business Supplies

KAS Crane Hire

South West Consumables

RHS Garden Rosemoor


WM Ironworks

146 WebDesign

Torridge Transport Ltd

Torridge District Council

Councillor Andrew Saywell (Devon County Council)

Great Torrington Commons Conservators

Johnny Williams – shifting trees

Weeks Forestry Limited

Andy Davey Photography

Dave Sanders of Davespix (Photographer)

Mike Steer – Builder, Torrington

Brett Sutton - Direct Access Torrington

The Black Horse Inn, Torrington

The Torrington Arms, Torrington

Ellie Carter

Great Torrington Town and Lands Charity

Great Torrington Town Council

A39 Skip Hire

Robert Squire - Parking

Christopher Ham- Parking

Richard Bond - Parking

Arthur Heard – Parking

Great Torrington Futures Group

Green Lantern, Torrington

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