A look back at the Broughton Fair Proclamation in 1989
It was like pennies from the sky for the Broughton children at the fair’s annual proclamation in 1989.
Over 100 spectators gathered under bright sunshine for the centuries-old tradition known for the scattering of coins.
Just before noon, Deputy Bailiff Bill Atkinson carried the ceremonial halberd to the fishstones in the village square.
From the marches, Cumbria County Councilor Agnes Tait introduced the proceedings and President Cllr Charles Ross read the proclamation, which will be repeated by Duddon Parish Council Chief Cllr ER Troughton.
Then, to the children’s delight, pennies were thrown in the air and everyone returned to the Old King’s Head Inn for cakes and beer.
Cllr Ross toast the Queen before fulfilling her ceremonial duty by signing the proclamation.
It was the first time that Cumbria County Council had hosted the ceremony. Previously this was done by Lancashire County Council as Lords of the Manor until the transfer of Broughton Tower Estate to Cumbria County Council that year.
In 1998, The Mail described how, for 405 years, the people of Broughton had come together to celebrate the granting of the town’s market charter.
Steeped in history, the town was a natural draw for tourists off the beaten track, and the traditional fair proclamation was a treat for anyone passing by Broughton on August 1 of each year.
Cumbria County Council Chairman Cllr Ronnie Calvin added his signature to the 405s that preceded him on the original parchment of the charter.
He said: “I’m interested in history and industrial archeology and I think these ancient customs are important. It keeps the uniqueness of the city – if you lose these traditions, you never get them back. ”
Cllr Calvin and the other dignitaries threw more money at the crowd gathered in the square.
Many of those who attended the ceremony then made their way to Old King’s Head for the traditional fairground cake and beer.