Crowds line streets for St Winnold’s Fair parade at Downham Market
- Credit: Ian Burt
A Suffolk punch led a parade through town to commemorate its horsey history.
Crowds lined the chilly streets as the procession of dignitaries set off from the town council offices up Bridge Street for the Town Hall.
St Winnold's Fair was for centuries the biggest horse fair in the Fens. Thousands would flock to Downham Market to buy and sell horses. At its height, more than 10,000 animals were sold.
But the event inevitably fell by the wayside, as tractors consigned horsepower to the history books.
Ten years ago, a parade was staged in memory and to celebrate the continued success of the town's markets, which were granted to the town in 1046 by Edward The Confessor.
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