Loaves for Flegg children

Holding their loaves of bread proudly in their hands these children have helped to keep a tradition dating back at least 500 years alive. On Monday about 50 pupils and their siblings were given Penny Loafs at Fleggburgh Primary School in Fleggburgh, near Great Yarmouth.

Holding their loaves of bread proudly in their hands these children have helped to keep a tradition dating back at least 500 years alive.

On Monday about 50 pupils and their siblings were given Penny Loafs at Fleggburgh Primary School in Fleggburgh, near Great Yarmouth.

The tradition of handing out the small loaves dates back at least 500 in the village when poor children were given the bread by charitable farmers.

Yesterday's ceremony saw David Wollard give out the loaves as part of his role in the Penny Loaf Charity which raises money for the bread by renting a nearby field.

As well as remembering the 500-year tradition headteacher Pam Spychal asked her pupils to think about the plight of poor and deprived children today by holding a collection for Save the Children.

The generous pupils managed to fill a jar with coins for the charity.

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Mrs Spychal said: “The tradition of Penny Loaf Day is very important for the community of Fleggburgh.”