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Keeping a Newton Abbot tradition alive

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

INSPECTION:   Portreeve to the manorial borough of Newton Abbot, Janet Parrott, and her court leat outside the Rowcroft Hospice shop

INSPECTION: Portreeve to the manorial borough of Newton Abbot, Janet Parrott, and her court leat outside the Rowcroft Hospice shop

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MEMBERS of Newton Abbot Court Baron and Court Leet came together for an inspection of cloth and materials as part of St Leonard's Fair.

The courts and a group of youngsters, named the fair maids, visited various traders to keep up the tradition.

"We went to Austins and inspected a £200 coat, then we went to Hannahs charity shop and inspected Sanderson cotton," said Janet Parrott, portreeve to the manorial borough of Newton Abbot.

"We continued onto Rowcroft charity store and inspected a 100 per cent wool jumper and an Axminster wool carpet in Austins carpet department."

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Afterwards, there was an auction of cloth and £35 was raised for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, South Devon branch.

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