THE annual proclamation of Barnstaple Fair took place at the town's Guildhall today.
Various dignitaries, councillors and businessmen from across North Devon gathered for the event which sees the four-day fair officially opened.
The traditional event dates back to medieval times and involves a series of toasts being made by various speakers.
During the ceremony a large white glove was suspended above the Guildhall which town mayor Lesley Brown mentioned in her speech.
She said: "When you leave the guildhall raise your heads to see the hand of friendship which welcomes visitors from far and near.
"I know some of our guests our very local, and others have had to show their passports to get to Devon, but wherever you have travelled from today, thank you for joining us on our special day."
A procession then took place through the town during which the proclamation was read at different points.
It was first read outside the Guildhall before the party made their way down the High Street, along the Strand, up Cross Street and back to where they began.
The proclamation marks the start of the fair at Seven Brethren which continues until Saturday.