Hot pennies team plan bumper event to mark charter anniversary

Honiton town crier Dave Retter

Honiton town crier Dave Retter is the central character in the hot pennies celebration - Credit: Vernon Whitlock

While it waits for updated news from the government on the final lifting of Covid restrictions, Honiton's Hot Pennies ceremony committee is busy planning a bumper event to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the granting of a charter to hold a market in the town. 
The hope is that this will go ahead on July 27 this year but, if that proves not to be possible, all celebrations will be moved to 2022 – after all, it’s never too late to have a party! 
The big news for 2021 is that after many years’ absence, the fair will be back on Allhallows Field from 2pm on Hot Pennies Day through to Friday – finishing to allow Charter Day to set up on Saturday. 
A number of entertainers will be in Honiton High Street on the day.
A children’s competition will be held to design their own mini version of the Hot Pennies Glove together with its garlanded pole. Entrants will then be invited to accompany the procession through the town. A top prize of £50 will be offered for the best entry. For more details, please contact Dave Retter on 07761926628.
Former mayors, mayoresses and consorts will be invited to accompany the procession through town. 
A window display competition will be held in Honiton town centre. 
An exhibition of Hot Pennies through the years will be held at The Beehive. 
Speaking on behalf of the committee, Honiton town crier Dave Retter said: “After having to miss Hot Pennies in 2020 due to Covid, we are really hoping that it will be possible for us to celebrate our 800th anniversary in style.
“We hope that people will want to come and support this ancient tradition, taking all necessary precautions at the time.”
The committee would like to acknowledge the support of Beviss & Beckingsale, Tesco, Honiton Town Council, Devon County Council and The Beehive, without whom the ceremony would not be able to go ahead. They add: “Hope to see you there!”

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