Local Council Personalities

Andy Griffiths, the younger son of the late Frank Griffiths (a well-known teacher in Great Torrington) is our Beadle and P3 Coordinator.  

Returning home after 30 years of military and pre-hospital emergency care service around the world, Andy has held the position of P3 (Parish Paths Partnership) Coordinator for 14 years.  The P3 Coordinator is responsible for inspecting and maintaining town footpaths out with the town Commons.  More recently Andy has taken on the important role of Beadle for the town.  The Beadle’s duties include accompanying the Mayor to various functions as well as taking part in events within the town.

Andy follows a long-standing family tradition of service to the local community.

For over 25 years, Mario has kept the recreation fields in top condition for the local football players and school sports days. The locals call it the Wembley Turf because the surface is so good! Part of the secret of good pitch management is managing the team matches in poor weather and Mario has had to cancel a few fixtures in his time against the popular vote! Mario has retired from his post as Groundsman on 31st May 2018 and is thanked greatly for his service and hard work over the years.

Originally from Italy, Mario came to Great Torrington via Sweden to work in the glass industry at the Dartington factory He met Gwen, a former Torrington May Queen and stayed! The family have enjoyed many May Days with children and grandchildren enjoying roles over the years as May Queens and attendants and now Mario himself, is a Mace Bearer .

The pageantry appeals and he is hoping to enjoy many more May Days.

Over 6 years as a Mace Bearer for the town but for many years before retiring Brian worked as a familiar face keeping the town tidy!

Brian came to the South West to work in a local pub and like so many people, came to stay!

A long and settled career with Torridge District Council caring and cleaning Torrington Town's streets has meant that Brian is well known to many people. He believes strongly in the honour of the Mace Bearer's role (Brian is standing to the right of the Beadle) and enjoys the May Day pageantry.

Remembrance Sunday and the Mayors Church Parade are two other occasions that you can spot our well dressed and very proud team of gentleman in their roles. Make sure you greet them and support them the next time they pass by!

 

The Town Crier has an important role in Great Torrington.  He is there to bring order to various celebrations and events.  He announces the Mayor and the Town Clerk and his loud voice is essential when there is noisy crowd to silence, particularly during the Proclamation of the Mayfair.

Al has held the position for many years.  He worked at Dartington Crystal and now since he has retired helps maintain the Commons which is another important job.  Al Mitchell is also well known as a musician and has been in a number of bands over the years.  He is an excellent instrumentalist on guitar and sings a range of types of music.

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