THE first-ever North Devon Day was enjoyed by many people, with events taking place all over the region. Together with associated events, the Walk for Life, and Braunton Village Fair, the day will have raised thousands of pounds for the North Devon Hospi

THE first-ever North Devon Day was enjoyed by many people, with events taking place all over the region.Together with associated events, the Walk for Life, and Braunton Village Fair, the day will have raised thousands of pounds for the North Devon Hospice."The spirit of people in North Devon certainly shone through, despite some awful weather," said Alison Hunt, of the hospice.In Barnstaple, six historical characters - courtesy of Barnstaple Heritage Centre - made an appearance at Brian Ford's before the three favourites - voted for by Gazette readers - were driven to the new Square in a 1925 Morris Oxford belonging to the Rector of Ilfracombe, the Rev Preb Nigel Jackson-Stevens.There, it was revealed that round-the-world yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester had pipped author Charles Kingsley and benefactor William Rock to the title Most Popular Historical Character.North Devon Day was the ideal of Teresa Crossman, of northdevonflag.com and she organised entertainment in the Square from Barnstaple Town Majorettes and her own Neat Feet Dance Academy.In Ifracombe, 30 North Devon Flags flew proudly in the High Street as Ilfracombe Majorettes marched through.