Back in 1461 Kingsbridge Town in Devon was granted a charter to hold a fair. That charter holds good to this day and today the Glove Ceremony is still observed. It is a white glove and is displayed to indicate an amnesty from prosecution for minor offenses committed during the fair – and precedes the picturesque Floral Dance through the main shopping street. The week is filled with fun and games such as Pancake Races; Morris, Scottish and Country dancing and the Grand Carnival Parade.
All that above comes from the past records etc that I have gathered over quite a few years. The following comes from the Kingsbridge website so should be right up to date.
During the last few months the Fair Week Committee have been working on this year’s Fair Week, putting together a programme of events to suit all tastes across this week.
First off is the Five-a-side football which starts at 10.00.am on this Saturday morning. While the footballers are running around the Farmers are opening their Market on the town square.
At 5 o’clock this evening the Gym Club will start the evening proceedings – and they will be followed by the official opening with the Crowning of the Fair Queen and Princesses on the bandstand. There will, of course, be musical entertainment continues throughout the evening.
The David Rowlands Fair will be in town all week with the Fair Week church service taking place at St. Edmund’s Church. The day will close with Boules and family entertainment on the town square. It all comes to an end with the ever popular Crazy Quiz.
Throughout the week there are games and competitions, music, the lantern parade and fireworks. The ever popular three legged race with the more exacting 10K race preceded by the Fun Run. Bingo, a very popular event which attracts players from across the South Hams, together with darts, pool, poker and euchre all to be found in venues around Kingsbridge. There will be a baby competition and teddy bears picnic, town criers competition, dog show and junior crab catching competition. On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon to enjoy a Cream Tea, always a nice treat.
Traditionally we will be holding the Glove Hanging ceremony followed by the floral dance and the week will draw to a close with the Carnival Parade and music on the town square.