PREVIEW: Honiton Charter Day

Charter Day is almost here! This Saturday Honiton will pull out all the stops to celebrate the 762nd anniversary of gaining a market charter.

Events are planned across the town centre and will include everything from live music and stalls to a classic car show.

The day will start with an opening ceremony in St Paul’s Church at 10am – and the fun will continue all day.

Participants and visitors are being asked to wear a hat in memory of Terry Farebrother, a former market supervisor, Honiton shopkeeper and leader of the town’s chamber of commerce. Proceeds will benefit Ferne Animal Sanctuary.

There will be a hat parade, with classes for adults and children, in Allhallows Playing Field at 2.30pm, with Honiton U3A providing prizes.

Fun for all the family, Charter Day will see local charities and organisations set up stalls in both Northcote Lane and Allhallows Playing Field.

Honiton and District Lions’ Club is staging the classic car show at the playing field from 10am to 4pm.

The town’s Scouts will stage an ‘old school’ fete at the same venue, complete with ping pong, sandpit and bubbles.

Amusements will include children’s rides, family entertainment and a bar.

A full programme of live entertainment will include performances by Wonky Buzzard on New Street corner, Honiton Theatre Group in St Paul’s Church and Sunshine Samba in Northcote Lane.

In High Street, there will be a tractor run at 11am as well as all the usual market stalls. Honiton Baptist Church is staging a family fun day.

Charter Day organisers have been working hard all year to ensure this year’s celebrations are the biggest and the best yet.

They have roped in clog dancers, Punch and Judy, Honiton Twirlstars, Honiton gymnasts, and even George, the famous local magician.

The full programme can be accessed here.

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