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Annual Proclamation of Broughton Fair

Geoff Cook
Geoff Cook

[O]n Monday 1 August 2016, at 12noon, the picturesque village of Broughton in Furness will witness the Annual Proclamation of the Fair.

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.

Having assembled in the lounge of The Black Cock at 11.45am, 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 David Fletcher and county council chairman, Councillor Geoff Cook, will read the Proclamation to the assembled villagers.  The Proclamation will then be repeated by parish councillor Mrs Elaine Knowles, chairman of the parish council.

After the singing of the National Anthem, and to the delight of the local children, the spectacle will continue with the scattering of new pennies by the Chairman and other members of the official party.

The villagers will then be invited to The Manor Hotel where, in time-honoured fashion, they will receive fair cake and ale, after which Councillor Geoff Cook will propose a toast to “The Queen, Duke of Lancaster”.

Councillor Geoff Cook 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.

Proclamation text:

OYEZ   OYEZ   OYEZ

1.       THE  COUNTY  COUNCIL  OF  CUMBRIA  LORDS  OF  THE  MANOR  OF  BROUGHTON  AND  OF  THIS  FAIR  AND  MARKET  STRICTLY  CHARGETH  AND  COMMANDETH  ON  THE  QUEEN’S  MAJESTY’S  BEHALF  THAT  ALL  MANNER  OF  PERSONS  REPAIRING  TO  THIS  FAIR  AND  MARKET  DO  KEEP  HER  MAJESTY’S  PEACE  UPON  PAIN  OF  FIVE  POUNDS  TO  BE  FORFEITED  TO  HER  MAJESTY  AND  THEIR  BODIES  TO  BE  IMPRISONED  DURING  THE  LORDS’  PLEASURE.

2.       ALSO  THAT  NO  MANNER  OF  PERSONS  WITHIN  THIS  FAIR  OR  MARKET  DO  BEAR  ANY  BILL  BATTLE  AXE  OR  ANY  SUCH  PROHIBITED  WEAPONS  BUT  SUCH  AS  BE  APPOINTED  BY  THE  LORDS’  OFFICERS  TO  KEEP  THIS  FAIR  OR  MARKET  UPON  PAIN  OF  FORFEITURE  OF  ALL  SUCH  WEAPONS  AND  FURTHER  IMPRISONMENT  OF  THEIR  BODIES.

3.       ALSO  THAT  NO  MANNER  OF  PERSONS  DO  PICK  ANY  QUARREL  MATTER  OR  CAUSE  FOR  ANY  OLD  GRUDGE  OR  MALICE  TO  MAKE  ANY  PERTURBATION  OR  TROUBLE  WITHIN  THIS  PRESENT  FAIR  OR  MARKET  UPON  PAIN  OF  FIVE  POUNDS  TO  BE  FORFEITED  TO  THE  LORDS  AND  THEIR  BODIES  TO  BE  IMPRISONED  DURING  THE  LORDS’  PLEASURE.

4.       ALSO  THAT  NONE  BUY  OR  SELL  IN  CORNERS  BACKSIDES  OR  HIDDEN  PLACES  BUT  IN  OPEN  FAIR  OR  MARKET  UPON  PAIN  OF  FORFEITURE  OF  ALL  SUCH  GOODS  AND  MERCHANDISE  SO  BOUGHT  AND  SOLD  AND  THEIR  BODIES  TO  BE  IMPRISONED  DURING  THE  LORDS’  PLEASURE.

5.       ALSO  THAT  NO  MANNER  OF  PERSONS  SHALL  SELL  ANY  GOODS  WITH  UNLAWFUL  MEET  OR  MEASURE  YARDS  OR  WEIGHTS  BUT  SUCH  AS  BE  LAWFUL  AND  KEEP  THE  TRUE  ASSIZE  UPON  PAIN  OF  FORFEITURE  OF  ALL  SUCH  GOODS  AND  FURTHER  IMPRISONMENT  OF  THEIR  BODIES.

6.       LASTLY  IF  ANY  MANNER  OF  PERSONS  WITHIN  THIS  FAIR  OR  MARKET  DO  FIND  THEMSELVES  GRIEVED  OR  HAVE  ANY  INJURIES  OR  WRONG  COMMITTED  OR  DONE  AGAINST  THEM  LET  THEM  REPAIR  TO  THE  LORDS  OR  THEIR  OFFICERS  AND  THERE  THEY  SHALL  BE  HEARD  ACCORDING  TO  RIGHT  EQUITY  AND  JUSTICE.

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN AND THE LORDS OF THIS MANOR

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