Great Torrington Cavaliers Do It Again!!


A voluntary group that raises money for charity through high profile public events is holding one of their very popular ‘Big Bonfires’ on Saturday 29th August (Bank Holiday Weekend).

The Great Torrington Cavaliers will be setting fire to a massive replica of “Trumpton”, the village from the popular children’s BBC TV series in the 1960’s. The village scene features all the famous buildings including Trumpton town hall, the Fire Station and most importantly, a working version of Windy Millers windmill! Trumpton - Bonfire 2015

The Cavaliers, who formed in 1970, are internationally famous for their giant themed bonfires. In 2010 they raised over £60,000 by setting fire to a full-sized medieval castle in front of a crowd of 10,000 people. The castle took a year to plan and nearly two years to build. Over 100 local charities and good causes benefited from the event.

Cavalier chairman Steve Young said: “The castle was a huge project but we got there and it was a spectacular show. We’re really looking forward to Trumpton. It will be the perfect backdrop to various entertainment leading up to the show.”

Director of the Plough Arts Centre Richard Wolfenden-Brown said: We were astonished and delighted to hear that we had been chosen as one of the main beneficiaries of the Cavaliers bonfire. It is uplifting to have the support of the Cavaliers as we strive to raise the substantial sum of £100,000 to replace our 35mm film projector with a state of the art digital projector and associated equipment.”

Richard added: “The determination of Plough supporters, volunteers, staff, Council of Management and the whole local community to make this happen has been a joy to see and the perfect demonstration of how change can happen when people pull together. We are very grateful to the Cavaliers for deciding to support the Plough in this way, which will bring our target much closer and help us to secure our future for the benefit of the town and the wider community.

Regular updates will be posted on the Cavaliers’ website and on their Facebook page


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