Pennies from heaven: Golden Hand brings Devon townsfolk news of the season's first fruit
Wednesday 26 July 1995
Originally, visiting noblemen would throw hot chestnuts to the beggars below for amusement as they watched them burn their fingers. They then moved on to coins for greater effect.
The ceremony marks the start of the Honiton market fair, while the Golden Hand signifies the "hand of plenty" and represents the first fruits of the season
Photograph: Norman Lomax
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