There were mince pies and mead at the annual Bideford Town Council lease signing ceremony this weekend.

The signing of the lease in Bideford. Picture: Graham HobbsThe signing of the lease in Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Bideford town councillors donned their formalwear for the ceremonial signing of the lease at the pannier market.

The signing of the lease in Bideford. Picture: Graham HobbsThe signing of the lease in Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

On Sunday the mayor and town crier led the symbollic occasion.

The signing of the lease in Bideford. Picture: Graham HobbsThe signing of the lease in Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

It marks the occasion of the day that Torridge District Council handed over the the 99 year lease to Bideford Town Council for the Pannier Market - for the princely annual fee of £1.

The mayor, town clerk and councillors led a procession from the town hall, up the hill and to the market where they served mead and mince pies to traders and visitors.