Porn MP mocked at crowded Devon event

After a two-year hiatus, Great Torrington Mayfair was back with a vengeance – and locals couldn’t help but make fun of disgraced MP Neil Parish.

Lewis Clarke www.devonlive.com

The event took place throughout last week, and crowds were in generous spirits for the event and the carnival collected more than £2,000.

The event features carnival floats and a variety of food stalls. One attendee referenced the recent controversy involving a local MP, by steering a tractor through the town with lewd references to pornography attached.

Great Torrington Mayfair celebrations (Credit : John Insull)

Former Tiverton & Honiton MP Neil Parish recently quit his role after being caught watching pornography in the House of Commons. He admitted he had twice watched porn on the Commons benches. The 66-year-old, a farmer by trade, claimed the first time was accidental after looking at tractors online, but the second was “a moment of madness”. He spoke about his achievements over the 12-years he has been an MP, what it is like to be thrust into the national spotlight and his hopes for the constituency’s future.

On the overall event, Doug Smith, chair of the carnival and Mayfair committee said: “The familiar strains from the Silver Band made everybody’s neck hair stand on end and soon we have the spectacle of the parade with our May Queen followed by Maypole dancing by pupils of Bluecoats C of E primary School. The amazing weather encouraged the large crowd and spirits were high.

“The next day saw the return of the infamous Round-the- tree race when fortunately the weather was a little more overcast to help the runners, who were cheered all round the course. Saturday was carnival day when in the evening we were treated to numerous floats and walking entrants and again a rapturous crowd enjoying a much missed event once again.

“To complete it all throughout the week we were treated to the funfair in Barley Grove carpark. My thanks to everyone who really put their backs into this year’s event. The committee, the volunteers, the participants and of course, our residents and guests.”