By TrubblnStrife at 12:48 on 25/09/12
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Traditional ceremony proclaiming Tiverton's historical right to hold a fair, including the ceremony of penny throwing. This event, held twice a year in the town centre, preserves an ancient custom dating back to the 1300s. In the past, the Lord of the Manor stated the rules and regulations that the fair's stallholders had to abide by. Today these are read by the beadle, before the mayor and councillors throw twopenny pieces to a crowd of local schoolchildren.
In the past, hot penny pieces were thrown – if you could hold on to your penny, it was yours to spend at the fair. Today, the coins aren't hot, but neither are they worth quite as much as they were 700 years ago!
10.30am, Thursday 4 October
Phoenix Lane, Tiverton EX16 6NB
For more details, contact the Town Hall on 01884 253404.
Date: Thursday, October 04, 2012