Weather ensures Charter Day success

PUBLISHED: 13:49 29 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:08 15 June 2010

THE weather 'made' this year's Market Charter Day in Honiton and the level of support means the event is here to stay.

THE weather 'made' this year's Market Charter Day in Honiton and the level of support means the event is here to stay.That is the view of Vernon Whitlock, chairman of the organising committee, who just so happens to have won the amateur town crier contest.Costumes from eras throughout time graced supporters of all ages during last Saturday's event, which saw groups from a wide cross-section of the community fundraise in Northcote Lane while entertainment was provided alongside traditional market stalls in the town centre.Former mayor Councillor Whitlock said: "The weather made it. People thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We were having such a good time, we were oblivious to traffic jams on the A30. "The charity market in Northcote Lane was very popular. The Vine Social Club, which manned the stocks, raised £290-or-so for its chosen charity."It looks like the event is going to be part of the calendar from now on."Referring to his success in the amateur town crier contest, hosted by 'professional' town crier Dave Retter last Saturday afternoon, Councillor Whitlock revealed he was up against stiff competition - Lindi Polkey, of Honiton Twirlstars, and even Paul Diviani, chairman of East Devon District Council."Much to my amazement, I came first after it was said I had a big gob," said Councillor Whitlock.Around 250 people attended an open-air concernt, hosted by Honiton Band, on the Millennium Green during the evening.Around a dozen people participated in a 7.4-mile walk on Sunday morning, ending their trek with a round of ice creams at Honiton Dairy.Winners of the Allhallows Museum Young Lacemakers' contest were: Siobhan Richards (senior) and Amelia Small (junior).A stallholder outside Honiton Baptist Church won the best-dressed market trader prize.

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