A TRADITIONAL event which sees the scattering of pennies to children is due to take place next week.

The picturesque village of Broughton in Furness will witness the Annual Proclamation of the Fair at noon on Monday August 1.

In their capacity as Lords of the Manor of Broughton, Cumbria County Council continues to re‑enact this centuries-old ceremony with traditional pomp and pageantry, including the "quaffing of good ale" and the scattering of pennies to children.

Nostalgia: It was like pennies from heaven for Broughton children at the annual proclamation of the fair in 1989

Having assembled in the lounge of The Black Cock Inn at 11.45 am, the official party will be led to the Obelisk in the Village Square by the Bailiff Joss Curwen, carrying the ceremonial halberd.

The proceedings will be introduced from the steps of the Obelisk by local county councillor Matt Brereton and councillor Bill McEwan, vice-chairman of the county council, will read the Proclamation to the assembled villagers.  The Proclamation will be repeated by parish Councillor John Jardine, chairman of the parish council.

After the singing of the National Anthem, the spectacle will continue with the scattering of new pennies by the Vice-Chairman and other members of the official party.

The villagers will then be invited to The Manor Hotel where they will receive Fair Cake and ale after which Councillor McEwan will propose a toast to "The Queen, Duke of Lancaster".

Councillor McEwan will round off the proceedings when he signs the Charter, which contains the signatures of every person who has read the Proclamation since Henry Stanley, Lord Strange, 4th Earl of Derby, first proclaimed the Charter in 1593.