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Honiton throws hot pennies

WATCH: Mad event evades safety spooks

Honiton has celebrated the 800th anniversary of it being granted a royal charter with its traditional hot pennies ceremony.

The warm coins are thrown from first floor windows onto people below.

In a world where many schools ban children playing conkers , the event has somehow got past the health and safety spooks.

In the olden days, the pennies were larger and much hotter. Today's wimpy currency is mildly heated.

Hundreds of pounds worth of pennies are thrown to the masses, where children especially rush to pocket them.

This film report is from BBC Spotlight.


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