Hot pennies in Honiton

An historic ceremony in Honiton that involves people throwing hot pennies from windows on to the street below takes place today (23 July). It is part of a tradition which dates back to the 13th century.

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Full report on Honiton's Hot Pennies ceremony

It's a Devon tradition that dates back to the 13th century but was in danger of becoming the latest victim of health and safety rules.

Today the historic Honiton Hot Pennies ceremony DID take place, but it was only allowed to go ahead after a change of route to make sure the road closure wasn't too disruptive.

Our reporter Jacquie Bird was there:

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Hot penny-throwing in Honiton today

Throwing hot pennies from windows is a tradition dating back to the 13th century Credit: ITV Westcountry

An historic ceremony in Honiton that involves people throwing hot pennies from windows on to the street below takes place today.

It's part of a tradition which dates back to the thirteenth century.

There were fears possible road closures and health and safety issues could threaten to bring the event to an end.

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