Centuries-old tradition kept alive in St Ives

Barry Wills, trustee of United Charities, with a resident of St Ives and town mayor Councillor Debbi

Barry Wills, trustee of United Charities, with a resident of St Ives and town mayor Councillor Debbie Townsend - Credit: Archant

Widows and widowers of St Ives were given bags loaded with groceries last week as part of a centuries-old tradition.

Langley bread distribution at St Ives Corn Exchange

Langley bread distribution at St Ives Corn Exchange - Credit: Archant

The annual Langley Bread distribution took place at the St Ives Corn Exchange, with bags full of bread, sugar, tea and biscuits handed out to about 200 people.

The bags were handed out by the mayor of St Ives, Councillor Debbie Townsend, and were donated by supermarket Waitrose.

Town clerk, Allan Witherick, said: “We’d like to thank Waitrose for their support and those in the community who voted for it.”

The tradition started back in the 1650s after philanthropic St Ives man, Robert Langley, left money in his will to feed the Cambridgeshire town’s poor and needy widows.


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