Video: Auction of Whitebread Meadow takes place

The traditional Whitebread Meadow auction took place in Bourne last night (Monday).

The 271st annual letting of the meadow took place in Eastgate, Bourne, and was led by auctioneer Stephen Knipe.

Letting of the Whitebread Meadow in Bourne. 'Bourne Borderers perform a morris dance before the auction''Photo: MSMP290413-034js

Letting of the Whitebread Meadow in Bourne. 'Bourne Borderers perform a morris dance before the auction''Photo: MSMP290413-034js

For the seventh year running, the auction was purchased by David Austin who paid £240.

The custom dates back to 1742. When the auctioneer thinks the last bid has been placed, he sends two children on a race along Eastgate and once they reach the finish line, the hammer falls.

The rent used to be distributed in the form of white bread but now goes to a good cause in the town, which has yet to be decided.

Last year the money went to the Willoughby School in Bourne.

The Bourne Borderers also performed as part of the spectacle.

Mr Knipe said overall the event went well and said there was a good gathering of people.