Organisers of cancelled Honiton Charter Day pledge to hold 'bigger and better' event

PUBLISHED: 10:30 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:10 27 July 2017

Colin Wright and Cllr Terry Darrant awarding a bottle of champagne to Jayne Palmer of Roots to Health. Picture: Contributed

Colin Wright and Cllr Terry Darrant awarding a bottle of champagne to Jayne Palmer of Roots to Health. Picture: Contributed

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Hundreds were left disappointed after organisers pulled the plug on the event due to a stormy weather forecast for Honiton.

Organisers behind last weekend’s cancelled Charter Day celebrations have pledged to hold a ‘bigger and better’ event next year.

Residents, charities and businesses across Honiton had been readying themselves in recent months for the event on Saturday, which marks the anniversary of the granting of the town’s market charter.

But they were left disappointed after organisers pulled the plug on the event due to a stormy weather forecast for Honiton.

Despite the wet weather and storm threat, some defiant stallholders set up over the weekend.

Gary Elliot, chairman of Honiton Charter Day’s committee, said: “It was not a decision that was made lightly, but given the amount of rain that fell on Friday and was forecast for Saturday, it was the right decision at the time.

“I would like to thank the other members of the committee and those of you who were still able to contribute on the day, in particular the market stall holders and shop staff, who entered into the spirit of things in such style - thank you.”

The cancellation meant Honiton and District Lions Club was unable to hold its popular classic car show at Allhallows fields.

Steve Guilbert, the club’s fundraising manager, said: “The predicted thunderstorms and the threat of steady rain throughout the day [Saturday] led us to this conclusion.

“We thought with the heavy downpours, not a lot of people would come either, and it was not a good idea from a safety point of view.

“We had members putting up metal gazebos so did not want thunder and lightning.”

Mr Guilbert said the club has not ruled out holding another event, but was prepping for its charity duck race in early August.

He added: “We would like to thank all the people who were intending to support the event with stalls and all of the vehicle owners for their understanding.”

Mr Elliot added: “Please don’t let this year’s experience dampen your enthusiasm - I promise that full Charter Day celebrations will be back bigger and better next year, weather depending, of course.

“We always welcome additional committee members. If you would like to be involved next year, please email garyelliot@talktalk.net”

For pictures, turn to pages 18 and 19.

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