Landletting ceremony at The George Inn, Hubberholme, attracts a good turnout

Craven Herald: Bidding stops when the candle burns out Bidding stops when the candle burns out

The traditional landletting ceremony at the The George Inn, Hubberholme, attracted a good turnout.

Up for auction was the grazing of a 16-acre parcel of land in Langstrothdale, named the Poor Pasture.

Nearly every farm in the Dale was represented as well as other locals and visitors.

The candle, which signifies the start of the auction, was lit at 8.40pm and burnt out at 11.10pm.

The first bid came from a Swedish visitor and there was very active bidding towards the conclusion, with the flame burning out on a record bid of £633 from Gill Huck, of Church Farm.

The auctioneer was the vicar, the Rev Peter Yorkstone, who endeavoured to keep the spirit of the evening going with cracker jokes, while the pub gave its own rendition of the pop song What does the fox say.

“It was a vintage evening and the money raised goes to help the elderly or infirm or poor on the parish,” said Mr Yorkstone.

The new landlords, Ed and Jackie Yarrow, provided pie and peas supper.

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