Hocktide

Hungerford at Hocktide.

It’s great.

You get this

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And these

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And the Tutti Men (tithes men) roaming the town to take money (or kisses) as payment

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You do get an orange in return.

The Hocktide Court is held in the Town Hall and visitors are welcome to attend

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But the best bit is the Hocktide Luncheon.

A long, very liquid, lunch with lots of toasts and speeches. Followed by this

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The ritual shoeing of the colts – or first time visitors – by the Blacksmith to the Town and Manor.

If you resist this happens…

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Or this….

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Wrestled to the ground by the Vicar, or the Bailiff, or any number of fine upstanding members of the Hungerford community.

I went quietly…

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That’s me that is! 🙂

And to finish the day?

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Anchovies on toast.

Of course.

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…..

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