CROWDS turned out in force on Saturday to see the Bromsgrove Court Leet’s annual Fair Day and parade.
The event celebrated the town being granted its Charter by King John in 1199.
Bailiff Neil Beaumont led the procession from Housman Hall with the Shirley Pipe Band at the front and the Court Leet in full robes and regalia.
At the Housman Statue, the Bailiff proclaimed the Charter which enabled the town to hold a market and a fair on the feast of St John.
Fair Day falls on midsummer’s day and is held on the closest Saturday to June 21.
The assizes, also carried out, determined the beer, leather, bread and flesh (meat and fish) in the town were fit for the people of Bromsgrove.
Alongside the regular Saturday markets, there were a host of stalls by charities and community groups in traditional costume.
Among the organisations represented were The Orchards PTA, The Norton Collection Museum, Lulu in Stitches, Blue Cross Bromsgrove, Bromsgrove Lions Club, Fruitfields, My Little Pink Shed, Bloodwise Bromsgrove, Original Kiln-Fired Enamelled Jewellery, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Panache Gifts, Dragonfly and Catshill WI.
There was also Churches Together in Bromsgrove, St Basils, the Basement Project and St John’s Church.
The Sumners Cup for the best dressed stall was awarded to The Friends of St John’s Church who dressed as Bromsgrove nailmakers.
Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid said: “It was a wonderful day and great to see so many people come out to see the traditional parade and assizes.
“Bromsgrove leads the way in these kind of celebrations.”