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Barnstaple fair starts today

An ancient ceremony takes place in North Devon today as Barnstaple holds its fair proclamation.

The town is England's oldest borough and was granted a charter to hold an annual fair in 1556 but its origins date back to 930AD.

A proclamation ceremony will be held in the town's Guildhall at 11am followed by a procession through the High Street where the charter is read aloud at each of the gates to the town centre.

Rather than a travelling fair of animals and wares, these days a funfair is held finishing with the annual carnival on Saturday.

Historic Lammas Fair breaks tradition

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the historic Lammas Fair in Exeter today. The colourful ceremony of the Proclamation of the Fair dates back more than 900 years and Exeter is one of the few cities to maintain the tradition.

It is hoped this year's event will prove as popular as last year Credit: ITV Westcountry

In a slight break from tradition, this year’s pageant starts with a procession at 11.30am led by the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Cllr Rob Newby, from Southernhay. He’ll lead it through the city centre to Northernhay Gardens where the proclamation will take place.

The ceremony, which celebrates the wheat harvest, includes the raising of a white glove as a sign of peace.

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