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It's raining pennies in Honiton! Quirky tradition lights up Devon town

The Honiton hot pennies ceremony dates back to the 13th Century. Photo: ITV News

Money rained onto the high street in Honiton in a tradition dating back to the 13th Century.

It's thought that back in 1221, hot pennies were thrown to the poor by the rich who were said to take enjoyment from watching them burn their fingers trying to pick them up.

Although the tradition remains, the tone and atmosphere is very different today.

Crowds gathered for the weird and wonderful custom on Tuesday. Credit: ITV News

I grew up with it and I have to say when I was young we did fight, the pennies were hot.

– Dave Retter, Honiton town crier
The pennies used to be hot - but not any more. Credit: ITV News

Health and safety means the pennies can no longer be heated, and the penny throwers are taught the safest method.

People of all ages enjoyed their day out. Credit: ITV News