Sun shone for Court Leet Fair Day

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THE sun shone down as townsfolk flocked to Bromsgrove's traditional Court Leet Fair Day procession and medieval street market on Saturday.

This celebrations begin at 10.30am when the court procession, in full robes and regalia, moves from Housman Hall, in Kidderminster Road, to the Housman statue.

This year's Court Leet bailiff, Richard Harper, lead the possession to the High Street statue.

At 11.30am, the bailiff proclaimed the ancient Charter and Assize, granted by King John in 1199.

There was then the ceremonial weighing of the bread and sealing of the leather - an ancient tradition ensuring Bromsgrove residents received the correct quality, weight and measure.

This formed the basis of modern trading standards.

Court Leet members then returned to Housman Hall, in Worcester Road for lunch.

As well as the Court Leet activities, the event again featured an Elizabethan Fair.

The money made will go the bailiff's chosen charities Friends of St John's Church, Avoncroft Museum, MS Society, and Bromsgrove Festival.

Bailiff Mr Harper said: "It was a brilliant day. Despite all the work going on in High Street, the procession went really well.

"Everyone was particularly impressed with the cadet band, which kept everyone entertained."

The winner of the Somers Cup for the best dressed Elizabethan stall was Willows Hedgehog Rescue.

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