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Trumpton bonfire raises thousands for charity

Trumpton bonfire raises thousands for charity Credit: ITV News

In the late Summer twilight it almost seemed a shame to burn Trumpton down. Two years of hard graft from Torrington Cavaliers had come to this moment.

To the theme tunes of other much loved children's television programmes a stunning fireworks display lit up the chipboard and pallet construction.

But the thousands of people had come to watch the latest incredible bonfire by the charity group that's raised hundreds of thousands of pounds over the past forty five years through these displays.

Windy Millar's windmill was ripped apart in moments. Ironically, in Trumpton the programme the village's famous firefighters Pugh, Pugh and the rest never actually fought a fire.

Never been here before but I've been to other shows in other places and that is probably the best I've seen.

– Spectator

Amazing, best fireworks I've ever seen, that was awesome, it was literally cool and all the ones to music were great.

– Spectator

That was the best one yet by far, fantastic, absolutely amazing.

– Spectator

The past two bonfires raised more than £130,000 for good causes. The cancer charity MacMillan and the Torrington's Plough Arts Centre along with many other smaller groups will benefit this time

Everything worked perfectly all the timings worked as we planned them out. Two Tigers fireworks put on a tremendous display and the village that we built has just burnt beautifully which was always what it was going to do anyway from the first nail we knocked in this was always going to be the result.

– STEVE YOUNG, Chairman, Torrington Cavaliers

The embers haven't yet been extinguished but the fire has already been stoked for five years time the fiftieth anniversary of Torrington Cavaliers.


Was the Cornish pasty invented in London?

Under EU law, only pasties made in Cornwall can be called 'Cornish pasties' Credit: ITV News

A leading food historian has claimed the Cornish pasty was actually invented in London.

Food writer Peter Brears says traditional pasties were developed by the urban middle classes around the capital - not in the West Country.

The Yorkshire-based author also claims the term 'Cornish pasty' was first coined by London-based cookery teachers.


Children's TV village Trumpton will be set alight tonight

Children's TV village Trumpton will be set alight tonight Credit: ITV News

A North Devon group famous for building enormous bonfires with novelty scenes and figures will be setting fire to their latest creation tonight.

This re-creation of the Children's TV village Trumpton will be set alight later this evening.

Around 20,000 people are expected, while raising thousands for charity.

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