Mayor of Ock Street 2018

June 16, 2018

Mayor of Ock Street 2018
Last Year, on the Day of the Election of the Mayor of Ock Street, an artist called Ben Edge (website: was taking lots of pictures of the event. He has now produced a painting based on the Day.
Mayor of Ock Street 2018
Last year was very hot. This year was cooler.

After dancing at locations along Ock Street and in the town centre, the Morris Dancers, and invited teams, rested for a much needed drink outside Pam’s House. Pam was supplying Free Beer to the Morris Dancers and their followers. In so doing Pam has inadvertently created the first Free House in Abingdon for many a long year.
Mayor of Ock Street 2018
The Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers then danced round Pam.
Mayor of Ock Street 2018
After Pam’s Dance it was back to the Brewery Tap where the ballot box had been all day. A few more votes were cast by the dancers.
Mayor of Ock Street 2018
At 4pm the ballot box was carried, coffin-high, to the back room of the  Brewery Tap.
Mayor of Ock Street 2018
The Mayor  of Abingdon and Town Clerk were there to ensure all votes were fairly counted.

It was a close contest, and the Town Clerk asked that the votes were recounted to ensure there were no errors. Only 3 ballot papers had been spoiled this year.
Mayor of Ock Street 2018
The President of the Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers, Ewart Hemmings, announced the result, and the Mayor of Abingdon, Councillor Margaret Crick, presented the winner, MR HARRY KNIGHT, with the sash, the goblet, and the sword of office.
Mayor of Ock Street 2018
Mr Knight was then carried in processions along Ock Street by the Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers.

A short video follows for anybody curious how the procession appeared in 2018…

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  • 1. Janet  |  June 17, 2018 at 7:46 am

    I think keeping the old traditions is very important. Tourists love to see a real flavour of England. A lot of which is dying out unfortunately.

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