Enthusiastic crowds greeted participants with waves at this year’s hugely successful Charter Day in Honiton.
Organisers say a tractor run, staged in High Street, proved to be a popular draw. Crowds lined the street to watch the procession, ‘waving and smiling’.
Afterwards, many made their way down Northcote Lane – greeted by stalls set up by local organisations. Among them were volunteers from Allhallows Museum, Carol Gilson, recently awarded the British Empire Medal, East Devon Riding for the Disabled, and the Women’s Institute.
In Allhallows Playing Field, Honiton Lions and Honiton Lions’ Ladies put on a fantastic effort, serving food, manning stalls, selling plants and running a classic car show. Also giving visitors a warm welcome were members of Honiton Bowling Club and Ferne Animal Sanctuary, which is the beneficiary of part of the day’s events.
Making the occasion extra special was a delegation of visitors from Honiton’s German twin town of Gronau.
Chairman of the event’s organising committee, Terry Darrant said: “Charter Day went really well,. We had alpaca trekking, skittles, daleks, George the Magician, and morris dancers in attendance.
“The tractor run proved popular as lots of people were waving and smiling at us as the town crier and myself went up the High Street on a tractor.”
Results of Charter Day hat-themed competitions:
Best charity stall: The Women’s Institute
Best participating shops: 1st – Children’s Hospice South West; 2nd: – Happy Humbug; 3rd – Livingston’s Jewellers; 4th: Bests.
Winners received their prizes from Colin Wright on behalf of the Charter Day committee.
The committee is made up of representatives from Honiton Town Council, Honiton Lions, Honiton Chamber of Commerce and members of the public.
The day’s events celebrated the granting of Honiton’s charter to hold a market. This year marked the 762nd year.