Action-packed day of fun expected at this year’s Honiton Charter Day

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:54 17 July 2018

Honiton Charter Day. Town Crier, Dave Retter, shouts the market charter to deputy mayor Jackie Wadsworth and Elizabeth Thurgood of The Tudor Dance Group. Ref mhh 4970-31-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Honiton Charter Day. Town Crier, Dave Retter, shouts the market charter to deputy mayor Jackie Wadsworth and Elizabeth Thurgood of The Tudor Dance Group. Ref mhh 4970-31-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Honiton is gearing up to host its annual Charter Day - which this year is celebrating its 761st anniversary.

The activity-packed day will take place this Saturday (July 21) and treat visitors to stalls, a classic car show, live music, a dog show and much more.

The day will start at 10am with a Charter Day memorial service at the town’s war memorial, outside St Paul’s Church.

The official opening ceremony will take place at 10.10am at St Paul’s Church, followed by a performance by Honiton Theatre Group from 10.30am to 11am.

Other events in the day include a bagpipe performance by Stan John at Honiton Library (10.30am - 11am) and St Paul’s (12pm - 12.30pm), silent bellringing demonstrations at St Paul’s (11.30am - 12pm) and live music from Country Dave at St Paul’s (12.15pm - 12.45pm).

Allhallows Playing Fields will also host six performances from 11am until 2.30pm, showcasing Honiton gymnasts, Twirlstars, line dancing and Starlite Cheerleaders. In the evening (7pm), a concert will be held at Millennium Green, which is free.

Attendees get a free glass of wine and nibbles and are invited to bring along a picnic.

Other popular events at Allhallows Playing Fields include a classic car show put on by Honiton and District Lions Club from 10am to 4pm, a dog show from 10am and an ‘old school’ fete put on by Honiton and East Devon Scouts - featuring ping pong, a sandpit and bubbles.

There will be a touch of sci-fi to this year’s Charter Day, with a full-sized Tardis, Darlek and sci-fi exhibition put on by Exewing at St Paul’s. In High Street, a classic car procession will make its way through town at 2.15pm.

A vast array of charity stalls will be set up in Northcote Lane between 10am and 4pm, while the Thelma Hulbert Gallery will be hosting a paper plane competition in the same hours to celebrate the centenary of the RAF.

A full programme of events is available at www.honitoncharterday.webstarts.com

Dave Retter, Honiton town crier, said: “We have got a bigger committee this year, so we have a slightly bigger budget.

“Come along and enjoy the day - I feel that this year’s Charter Day is going to be bigger and better than all of our previous successful Charter Days.

“There is something to enjoy for every age group.”

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