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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.

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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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'Leave community hospitals alone': Carer's fears over NHS proposals

Winnie Hollingsworth and her husband Ian don't want others to be in their situation. Credit: ITV West Country

A carer from Torrington told us she is extremely concerned about proposals to close wards at community hospitals across North Devon.

Winnie Hollingsworth cares for her husband Ian who suffered a stroke after a triple heart bypass operation. But Torrington's community hospital has already lost its inpatient beds due to a previous round of cuts, so Ian has to have a hospital bed in the front room of their terraced house.

Mrs Hollingsworth believes that if more inpatient beds are lost across the district then more people will be faced with the same situation that they're suffering.

The Cavaliers light up the skies

When the Torrington Cavaliers build a bonfire it goes off with a bang. For the past forty years the volunteer group has been staging elaborate and exquisite displays. From Pudding Lane and the Great Fire of London fifteen years ago to Torrington Castle the last time out in 2010. The latest bonfire creation taking shape on Torrington's Commons is children's TV classic Trumpton.

Watch the below footage of the Great Fire of London in 2000:

Below is footage of the bonfire at HMS Victory in 2005:

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