A cannon firing also marked the start of Bideford’s first ever gig racing.

Bideford Heritage DayBideford Heritage Day

BIDEFORD took a step back in time this weekend as it celebrated its annual heritage day.

Just after 10am, Sir Richard Grenville and his Elizabethan entourage set off through Mill Street and paraded through the town to the Quay.

Residents and visitors to the town crowded on the quayside for the cannon firing, which marked the start of the town’s first ever gig race.

After the men’s, women’s, junior’s and mixed races, the town enjoyed street performances in Jubilee Square and wandered around the farmers’ market.

Market traders at the Pannier Market dressed up as pirates, Blazey’s in Mill Street put on a hog roast and the sun shone on the town throughout the day.

There were also plenty of opportunities for people to hear about the town’s maritime history, with heritage walks throughout the town and a talk on Sir Richard Grenville by Andy Powell.

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