Rain doesn’t stop 275th auction

275th annual letting of the Whitebread meadow in Bourne on Monday evening - the about half-acre field was let for an almost record amount of �340 for the year by auctioneer and chairman of the Trust Stephen Knipe. Bourne Borderers entertained before the event with morris dancing and a St George and the Dragon mummers play
275th annual letting of the Whitebread meadow in Bourne on Monday evening - the about half-acre field was let for an almost record amount of �340 for the year by auctioneer and chairman of the Trust Stephen Knipe. Bourne Borderers entertained before the event with morris dancing and a St George and the Dragon mummers play
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Rain won’t stop 275th Whitebread Meadow auction

Bourne Borderers performed ahead of the annual Whitebread Meadow auction, held at the Queen’s Bridge in Eastgate, and there was also a mummers play of George and the Dragon.

A small and hardy crowd braved the driving rains and bitterly cold wind to watch the tradition.

Thankfully the rain stopped in time for the auction to take place.

Stephen Knipe led the auction of the piece of land off Meadow Drove. Once the auctioneer believes he has the last bid, he sends two children racing down Eastgate and if another bid has not been received by the time they return, that bidder is the winner.

This year the children raced several times before Brenda Jones bought the land for £340 - a near record 
price.

It’s the first time in recent years that Mr Austin has not purchased the land. He was not at Monday’s auction due to ill health.

The money raised from the tradition goes to good causes in the town. In the past, the money raised had been used to buy bread for residents in Eastgate.

Afterwards, guests and visitors enjoyed a drink at the Anchor in Eastgate.