Mayor of Ock Street

June 15, 2019

Mayor of Ock Street
The election of the Mayor of Ock Street took place in Abingdon today. (The Mayor of Ock Street is the leader of the Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers.) There were polling stations for Ock Street residents at The Brewery Tap and  Mayott House. They opened at around 10 am, and then the Morris Dancers processed into town and danced at a number of venues starting at the Black Swan.
Mayor of Ock Street
They were joined by a visting team, Mason’s Apron.
Mayor of Ock Street
The second dance was in the Bury Street shopping street.
Mayor of Ock Street
There was cloud, some showers, and sunshine later on. So flowers and wellington boots made a fitting outfit.
Mayor of Ock Street
In the afternoon the dance at the Long Alley almshouses were cut short by a downpour, then after a short time there were more dances outside Brewery Cottages.
Mayor of Ock Street
The election result was announced at 4:15 and was the closest anybody could remember. Roger Cox got 89 votes and Harry Knight 90. Mr Harry Knight is shown here being congratulated by Stuart Jackson immediately after the result. Stuart Jackson was himself Mayor of Ock Street for 11 years until 2007.
Mayor of Ock Street
The results were announced by Mr Ewart Hemmings (on the left). The sash and sword and cup of office were presented by the Mayor of Abingdon, Cllr Charlie Birks. Roger Cox, the challenger, congratulated Harry Knight. Roger was himself Mayor of Ock Street for several years.
Mayor of Ock Street
There was a big crowd to see the announcement.
Mayor of Ock Street
Mr Knight was carried by members of the Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers along Ock Street, and back.
Mayor of Ock Street
The sun was shining and the traffic gave way for a few minutes to an old tradition on Ock Street.
Mayor of Ock Street
There followed a lot more dancing at different places, followed by an evening of feasting, singing, and quaffing at the Abbey Building.

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6 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. R.  |  June 16, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Lovely pictures. Happy people. Just what we need!

  • 2. Horsesmouth  |  June 16, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Indeed June indeed, pity this century old Abingdon event appears to attract less and less people? Pity too that the younger Abingdon generations seem to not cherish events like this as much as us older ones and even mores the pity the newcomers can’t be bothered!
    I appreciate that nothing lasts forever but a sense of pride and an appreciateion of tradition should.

  • 3. an abingdon morrisman  |  June 16, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    not just a century old, horsesmouth. morris dancers in abingdon are mentioned in st helen’s recordsin 1560, and the horns we carry were won from the vineyard men in 1700. abingdon morris were one of englands leading sides for mostof the last century, but morris didn’t carry on in public after ww1 because of the losses in the revived in the 1930’s. we’re doing quitewell, thank you, and our youngest dancer is 12 and our oldest is 75, so pop along andgive ita try, why don’t you? that’s the way to preserve our traditions!

  • 4. Su  |  June 17, 2019 at 8:13 am

    We watched one of the dances and remarked how happy the Morris Dancers were.

  • 5. Iain  |  June 17, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Happy or merry? ;)

  • 6. richard grimsdale yates  |  June 17, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    A bit of both

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