Historic parade takes place in town

Higham Ferrers Bedesmen and woman  march:'21/12/11

Higham Ferrers Bedesmen and woman march:'21/12/11

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People have marched through a county town to celebrate a 600-year-old tradition.

Bedesmen and women of Higham Ferrers paraded around the town to mark the annual Bedesman Day, held every December.

Originally, the town’s Bedesmen consisted of 12 poor men over the age of 50 who were each paid a penny to pray every day for the souls of the King, Archbishop Henry Chichele and their benefactors.

They were first appointed by the archbishop, who was born in the town, and used to live in the Bede House next to St Mary’s Church.

The prestigious role of Bedesman dates back to the 1400s and today it is only given to someone who is known to be of good character and who is actively involved in the community.