June 19, 2010
Today the people of Ock Street and the surrounding courts had their chance to elect the Mayor of Ock Street.
Normally there are two or three people taking snaps but this year it was as if the Paparazzi had descended on Abingdon.
And the men with the black faces from up north who have completely different traditions were there too – not Morris at all but they enjoyed a dance and a beer.
He could be just having a laugh but you never know. It may be symbolic.
Roger Cox was re-elected as the Mayor of Ock Street. Roger at aged 60 defeated Harry Knight aged 59 by just a handful of votes.
Roger was carried round town as the victor for the forth year running.
The dancing started at about 9:30 AM. It returned finally at 8:30 PM for the last dance before going on to the Abbey Buildings for a meal and some entertainment. I believe they then sing folk songs and show off their other talents.
Another great Abingdon tradition watches on from his Kebab van.