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Newark Penny Loaf Day

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During the English Civil War, the lives of alderman Hercules Clay and his family were saved when a dream forewarned him that his home was going to be set ablaze. In gratitude, he left money in his will to be used to distribute penny loaves to the poor on the Sunday nearest the anniversar­y of the fire on March 11. Four hundred years on, the tradition continues.

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