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HONITON: Sun shines for town’s first sausage and cider festival

Tuesday, 06 May 2014

 Thousands flocked to the festival at the Old Showground, with many stopping to hear from some of the country’s finest town criers

Thousands flocked to the festival at the Old Showground, with many stopping to hear from some of the country’s finest town criers


The sun shone on Honiton this week as thousands flocked to the Old Showground for the town’s first Sausage and Cider Festival, in aid of local charity Devon Freewheelers. A sell-out crowd enjoyed the fine weather on Saturday (May 3rd), with a full line-up of musical acts keeping the 5,000 festival-goers entertained throughout the day. The festival, billed as “the biggest community event Honiton has ever seen,” was organised by members of the Honiton Foundation, including Mayor David Foster, and a substantial amount of money was raised for the Bloodbikes charity. Performances from local bands Sweet Black Angels and Diamondogz among others wowed the crowds during the afternoon, before local legends The Wurzels took to the stage at around 8:30pm. Town Criers from across the country were also in action, as Honiton’s bell-ringer Dave Retter hosted a special town crying competition. A range of food and drink stalls and fairground attractions ensured the showground remained packed throughout the day, and following the success of the event’s first year, organisers are already planning ways to improve the festival for 2015.

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