It's the people that make Honiton special says former mayor Sally Casson

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:10 05 May 2017

Sally Casson. Ref ehr 13-17TI 9606. Picture: Terry Ife

Sally Casson. Ref ehr 13-17TI 9606. Picture: Terry Ife

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Former mayor Sally Casson reflects on why she enjoys living in Honiton

What is your favourite memory associated with Honiton?

When I was a child in the 1950s and the Fair came to town - in those days it was a major event.

Fair Week started with the Hot Pennies ceremony on the Tuesday (and the pennies were HOT)! The rides were 6d a go. There were many stalls and side shows - very entertaining!

The honour of being elected to represent my home town of Honiton as mayor for two terms of office, a busy but enjoyable time. Visits to Gronau and Mezidon Canon with the town crier Dave Retter and my husband Ron. Very proud to have been involved in organising Trafalgar Day, the Home Front weekend and Charter Days.

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What do you like most about Honiton?

Honiton still has that ‘small market town’ feel. We have a good selection of individual shops, and also antique shops which seem to be a particular draw for the tourists. I love Saturday mornings with the market stalls and all the hustle and bustle. But mainly its the people of Honiton who make this town so very special.

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What is your favourite shop in Honiton?

My favourite shop is the Ironmongers RKL Tools in the High Street. I find this small shop fascinating. Its space is used to full capacity, and is crammed from floor to ceiling with a variety of DIY, household and gardening items.

I would also like to mention The Vine Inn Tea Shop. In the winter it is a warm and cosy place for a snack and a coffee, and during the summer months their garden is a most pleasing place to meet up with friends.

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How have you seen Honiton develop throughout the years?

The town has certainly grown and is still growing. Many of the old Burgage Plots have now been built on and there are a lot of new housing developments around the town. Unfortunately, the infrastructure has not always kept up with this growth. However we have two primary schools, and the excellent Honiton Community College. Other facilities include a swimming pool (needs updating) and a sports centre. We are still in urgent need of extra sports pitches in the town. There are many associations and clubs in Honiton catering for every taste. The Beehive Centre is a very popular venue - a place for the arts, drama, cinema etc. The town now has regular bus and train services.

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What is your favourite building in Honiton?

I have three favourite buildings - The first has to be Allhallows Museum, the oldest building in Honiton with its very ornate ceiling and its fine collection of Honiton Lace and artifacts.

St Paul’s Church is my next choice. It is the focal point of the High Street.

My final choice is Marwood House at the top of the High Street. It is a beautiful building, and always seems to have an air of mystery about it.

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