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Military department

Military department

Welcome to Flame Torbay Costume Hire!


The company was formed in 1960 as a fancy dress business in Torquay.

During the 1980s it developed into a costumier to the theatre, film and television industries, based on the military uniform collection of the owner, Lionel Digby, supplemented by the purchase, in 1982, of Caledonian Costumes of London.

Since that time we have grown to become the second biggest military costumier in the country, supplying not only the uniforms of armed forces from all over the world, at all periods in history, but also civil uniforms including transport companies and the emergency services. Our collection includes accessories, footwear, hats, kit and badges and insignia.

Over time, we have also built up a substantial collection of civilian costumes for men and women from ancient history up to the mid-Twentieth Century, and can supply the civilian elements of many of the shows for which we supply military uniforms and equipment.

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We are a friendly, family-run business, based in Torquay, allowing us to keep our overheads, and therefore our prices, lower than those companies based in the big cities.

We work closely with designers and directors to provide accurate costumes as close as possible to their wishes, and costume viewings may be arranged by appointment. The vast majority of our costumes are film quality, including many original vintage pieces.

Our military department is extremely knowledgeable and can advise on the correct uniform and equipment for your time period and setting.

We ship orders with an overnight carrier, on a bulk-business deal, and charge carriage at cost, allowing us to offer low carriage rates even for very heavy orders.

We currently ship to all parts of the UK and internationally. Alternatively, customer collection can be arranged.

To enquire about costumes for your production, ring or email the office using the contact details on the 'Contact Us' page.

Everyone at Flame Torbay wishes you every success with your production!

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VAT No 768 5541 86 Registered in England Flame Torbay Ltd no 4083981