THE HEDON PENNY THROWING ceremony takes place on Thursday 21 April outside the Hedon Town Hall at 6.45pm. Local children are encouraged to attend with their parents/guardians to take part in the traditional scramble for coins thrown by the Hedon Mayor and her civic party and guests.
The 674 Mayor of Hedon Councillor Sarah Rommell invites children of the town to scramble and collect the civic pennies! – Outside Hedon Town Hall, Thursday 21 April 2022 at 6.45pm.
The Hedon Penny Throwing event is one of the most peculiar events in Hedon’s civic calendar. Steeped in history, it is a parody of the days when Hedon was a “rotten borough” with people being offered money to vote for a particular Mayoral candidate in elections. Following their appointment, the incumbent Mayor would pay off his supporters. Today the event is purely a family fun occasion and the first public act of each new Mayor. Children are ‘thrown’ pennies by the new Mayor, the town’s civic leaders and their guests.
The event takes place for the first time since before the pandemic and in a break from tradition will be one of the last events held by the incumbent Mayor rather than the first.