Honiton Charter Day 2021 gets green light as ‘hopeful’ organisers plan for summer celebrations

The centuries-old Honiton Charter Day tradition is set to go ahead this summer, event organsiers have announced.

The team planning the Charter Day 2021 said it was ‘more optimistic’ of holding the event in Honiton on Saturday, July 31, as a result of the Government’s announcement to relax lockdown restrictions.

This year Charter Day will also celebrate the 800th anniversary of the town’s other tradition, Hot Pennies, dating back to when a royal charter for Honiton’s fair was first granted in 1221.

Free pitches are available for charities to have a stall at this year’s event.

Full details of Charter Day 2021 will be announced in the weeks to come, organisers said.

Event organisers said although lockdown meant planning had been delayed, they remained ‘hopeful’ of a hosting a successful Honiton Charter Day.

Terry Darrant, chairman of the organisers, said: “We as a committee had been planning for several years for a big blow out in 2021, to go hand in hand with the 800th Hot Pennies celebrations.

“Last year we sadly had to cancel, and as a result we couldn’t provide the support to all the local charities who use the day to promote themselves and raise funds, so we are happy to be able to offer free charity stall pitches this year.”

He added: “The Government’s roadmap has come a bit late in the day for us to be where we’d like to be by now, but we are all really hopeful we can put on a day that everyone will enjoy this summer, after a year of lockdowns and restrictions.”

Honiton Charter Day has been celebrated in the town annually since 2007, apart from 2020 when it was cancelled because of the pandemic.

The event celebrates the royal charter being granted in 1257, giving permission to hold a weekly market in the town – which continues to this day.

The event is a chance for charities and groups to raise funds and awareness of their work and causes.

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