Annual parade to celebrate Downham Market’s trading history

Downham Market St Winnold's annual parade.
Downham Market St Winnold's annual parade.

Civic leaders are due to gather in Downham next week for the annual celebration of the town’s trading past and its links to the present.

The St Winnold’s Day parade and breakfast is scheduled for next Friday at 8.45am, and will see officials walk from the town council offices to the town hall.

The parade celebrates the town’s history as a key horse trading centre through the St Winnold’s fair.

In recognition of this, the procession is traditionally led by a horse, with a number of other horses also taking part.

The town’s first market charter was granted by Edward the Confessor in 1046, 20 years before the Battle of Hasting and the start of the Norman Conquest.