It's Honiton HOT hot pennies! Large crowds snaffle up coins on sweltering summer day

PUBLISHED: 16:38 23 July 2019 | UPDATED: 09:40 26 July 2019

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Excited children and adults scrabbled for coins in sweltering conditions as Honiton held its ever-popular hot pennies ceremony.

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Temperatures spiked into the high twenties, but that did not stop a large crowd from gathering at The Holt for the first batch of lukewarm coins to be thrown into High Street.

Honiton town crier Dave Retter announced his cry, in which the glove was raised.

He also announced that during the procession, no man should 'be arrested'.

Honiton's mayor Councillor John Zarczynski and his deputy Cllr Duncan Sheridan-Shaw watched on as youngsters, parents and interested onlookers scrambled around on their hands and knees to pick up pennies thrown from several public houses and shops.

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The hot pennies ceremony dates back to the 13th Century.

The reason behind the pennies being thrown hot, was that the affluent people who threw out the pennies took great delight in seeing the peasants burn their fingers whilst collecting them.

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