Over 300 witches, complete with black pointy hats, cloaks and broomsticks, have converged today on Exeter city centre for the Grand Witches Tea Party - an attempt to break the World Record for the largest number of witches gathered together in one place. Event organisers, Jackie Juno and Selkie Shell, are hoping that the event will jumpstart their campaign to gain pardons from the government for the last three people hanged for witchcraft in the UK.
Temperance Lloyd, Susannah Edwards and Mary Trembles, the so-called Bideford witches, were hanged in August 1682 at Exeter Prison. Historians claim that the convictions were based solely on hearsay evidence and that even the authorities of the time didn't believe in their guilt but were forced to hang the three women after an angry mob gathered at the prison, demanding that they be killed.
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