When: 1st February 2014
Where: Taddiport, Great Torrington, Devon
£: There is a suggested £5 donation. Everyone is welcome to participate or just watch.
What is it?
You might be surprised to see Lepers wandering the streets of Devon in this day and age but on 1st February keep your eyes peeled in Taddiport for a rather unusual sight!
The Leper Festival will see a parade of modern-day ‘Lepers’ invading Taddiport as they wander by torchlight, past the old Leper hospital towards a 17th century Beggar’s Banquet at The Loft. The event will coincide with World Leprosy Day and money from the festival will go to Lepra. Lepra is a UK registered international charity focusing on people who find themselves trapped at the intersection of disease, poverty and prejudice; helping them to improve their health, lives and livelihoods.
The torchlit procession will leave at 9pm from the steps of the Torridge Inn. There is a prize for best fancy dress in the ‘Ugly Pageant’ and this year’s theme is ‘Circus Lepers’. Medieval food will be served at the Beggar’s Banquet after the procession and there is a suggested donation of £5 on the door. There will be live music from The Black Dogs, The Wattingers and Azimuth Coordinator beginning at around 10pm.
In the Middle Ages Taddiport was a leper colony and today the hamlet is home to a Leper Museum which is crammed full of oddities and archives.