An evening of revelry, music and history as LeperFest returns to Taddiport in Torrington on Saturday, February 1.
ENJOY an evening with a difference as LeperFest, Torrington’s weird and wonderful commemoration of the 14th century leper colony at Taddiport, returns on Saturday (February 1).
Now in its 13th year, the event has plenty of music, entertainment and spectacle, beginning with a torch lit procession led by a ‘Leper King’ whose outrageous antics are sure to inflame the baying crowd for an evening of fun, frivolity and foolery.
Meet on the steps of the Torridge Inn at Mill Street in Torrington for 9pm and raise a glass of mulled wine to toast the proclamation opening the event.
From there the ‘lepers’ will be driven over Taddiport bridge, led by knights at arms, to the chapel of St Mary Magdalene, a former leper hospital, which will be open on the night.
Collections will be taken throughout the event for registered charity LEPRA, whose work includes relief for leprosy sufferers worldwide.
There will be a brief telling of the history of the colony, read
by local historian Dave Clinch, before the revellers return across the bridge and head to The Loft gallery.
Here, the entertainment will continue with live bands The Wattingers, Azimuth Coordinator and The Black Dogs plus DeeJay A.F.T. and The Heubch Originators.
A ‘Beggars Banquet’ 14th century barbecue will be made available courtesy of the Torridge Inn. The event has been sponsored by Winkleigh Cider and local businesses including Wares Butchers, Sandford Bakery, Ferrys Hardware and Xanadu.
All are welcome to take part as a leper, heckler, street performer or simple spectator with prizes for the best costumes.
To take part call Shan Miller on 07934 688965. Leper costumes and other props can be provided. Or visit www.leperfestival.co.uk to find out more.