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820 years of history to be celebrated at the Bromsgrove Court Leet Parade and Fair Day

Tristan Harris 13th Jun, 2019 Updated: 14th Jun, 2019

THE TOWN’S bread, brooks, flesh, ale and leather will be officially tested at the Bromsgrove Court Leet Parade and Fair Day next Saturday, June 22, celebrating 820 years of history.

The members of the ancient group, in their full robes and regalia, will journey from Housman Hall to the High Street at 10.30am.

The procession, which will travel down Kidderminster Road and along St John’s Street before reaching the town centre, will be led by Shirley Pipe Band.

The group will pause at the Red Lion to carry out the annual ale tasting to ensure Bromsgrove’s beer is suitable for consumption by residents.

Then, after proceeding up to Argos and back down the High Street, the parade will come to an end near the Housman statue.

When everyone is gathered, Bailiff Dr Bill Tucker will read the charter granted by King John in 1199 which confirmed a market could be held in the town.

That will be followed by the traditional assizes by the Court’s jurymen.

Local crafters, producers, schools, charities and community organisations will have stalls on the Elizabethan Market with the Summer Cup being awarded to the best-dressed stall.

The regular Saturday Market will also take place as usual.

Dr Tucker said: “The Court is most grateful to everyone who is supporting our Fair Day by hosting a market stall.

“We encourage people to come to Bromsgrove on June 22 to join in the celebrations of the town’s colourful and unique history.”

Around 12.30pm members of the Court will gather in St John’s Wine Rooms on St John’s Street for an ale and wine-tasting ceremony.

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