Festive atmosphere at honey fair
The streets of a Westcountry town were packed with visitors as an ancient fair, centred around a much-loved export, drew the crowds.
Hundreds of people visited the Callington Honey Fair in South East Cornwall where they enjoyed the very best of the local produce.
Visitors were also treated to a special honey cookery competition at the fair with origins in the Middle Ages.
The event yesterday provided entertainment for people of all ages, from fortune-tellers to clowns and stall traders to street artists. Cash prizes were awarded to winners of the regular children's art competition.
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The fair has been taking place in the town every year since 1978 when it revived by local resident and Bard of the Gorsedh, John Trevithick.
On the first Wednesday in October for the past 35 years, the town has been overtaken by a festive atmosphere that attracts visitors from throughout the region.
Its origins date back to 1267 Henry III granted a number of market charters to help fund the re-building of Westminster Abbey.
This year's fair, in aid of local charities, was organised and run by the Lions Club of Callington.
John Wood, president of the club, said the event had been a "good day for us and a good day for traders".
"Everyone seems happy, in spite of the rain, and enjoying an event that is unique in this part of the world."
Callington Honey Fair is now one of just two honey fairs in Britain, with the other taking place in Conwy, Wales.