Hungerford at Hocktide.
You get this
And the Tutti Men (tithes men) roaming the town to take money (or kisses) as payment
You do get an orange in return.
The Hocktide Court is held in the Town Hall and visitors are welcome to attend
But the best bit is the Hocktide Luncheon.
A long, very liquid, lunch with lots of toasts and speeches. Followed by this
The ritual shoeing of the colts – or first time visitors – by the Blacksmith to the Town and Manor.
If you resist this happens…
Wrestled to the ground by the Vicar, or the Bailiff, or any number of fine upstanding members of the Hungerford community.
I went quietly…
That’s me that is! 🙂
And to finish the day?
Anchovies on toast.
Lovely people (when they’re not attaching horseshoes to your feet), unique event.
Go if you get the chance.
But maybe give the anchovies a miss…..