Money scramble will herald start of historic Chulmleigh Old Fair next week

Fair Queen Chulmleigh Academy pupil Daisy Parsons, pictured with attendants Morgan Robinson and Kati

Fair Queen Chulmleigh Academy pupil Daisy Parsons, pictured with attendants Morgan Robinson and Katie Elder, and crown bearer Gracie McKinnon-Jones. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

Town’s 762nd fair will be extended by a day to take in busy programme of events.

The traditional white glove will announce the start of Chulmleigh Old Fair week. Picture: Andy Keebl

The traditional white glove will announce the start of Chulmleigh Old Fair week. Picture: Andy Keeble - Credit: Archant

The bells of Chulmleigh’s St Mary Magdalene church will ring out on Tuesday evening for the start of the town’s Old Fair week.

The traditional family church service on July 28 will signal the start of the ancient celebrations, held every year since 1253.

The 762nd fair will be opened by Pam Rendle, who will make her speech from the upstairs window of the town hall before displaying the decorated white glove – the symbol of King Henry III’s gauntlet.

Town crier Eileen Dolling will then crown fair queen Daisy Parsons, 14, a pupil at Chulmleigh Academy.

Just some of the treats on offer at Chulmleigh Old Fair. Picture: Andy Keeble

Just some of the treats on offer at Chulmleigh Old Fair. Picture: Andy Keeble - Credit: Archant


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Her attendants will be Morgan Robinson and Katie Elder, both aged nine, and crown bearer Gracie-May McKinnon-Jones, aged five. Chief herald will be Molly Andrews.

The crowning ritual will be followed by the famous money scramble, children’s races along Fore Street and street entertainment.

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A total of 46 events are planned throughout the week, which normally ends at midnight on Saturday but this year spills over to Sunday, August 2.

For a complete listing of all the events taking place, pick up a free programme from outlets in the town.

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