Name: Autum Celery Salad
Chef: Russell Norman
Recipe: Very finely slice four stalks of celery and roughly chop the leaves. Dry fry walnuts until brown and toasted. Core and slice two ripe comice pears. Finely slice two medium fennel bulbs. Mix with sea salt, olive oil and the juice of a lemon. Finish with finely grated parmesan.
Custom: The Election of the Mayor of Ock Street
About: The election of the mock-Mayor of Abingdon, now run by the local morris group. The day includes a marathon of morris dancing, followed by voting and the election ceremony.
Custom: The Knollys Rose Ceremony
About: A peppercorn-rent ceremony, organised by the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames. The rent of one rose is paid to the Lord Mayor, customary ever since Sir Robert Knolly’s wife built a footbridge across city land.
Custom: The Procession of the Worshipful Company of Vintners
About: A procession from Vitners Hall to a church across the road, where the Company’s new master is sworn in. The path is swept clear ahead of the procession.
Custom: The Cart Marking Ceremony
About: Vehicles are brought forward to the master of the company, who inspects them, before the keeper of the Guildhall brands them with a red hot iron. The city’s vehicles were once licensed this way, now the event is purely ceremonial.
Custom: Sandwich Bartlemas Bun Run
About: To celebrate St Bartholomew’s Day, children race around this quaint chapel in Sandwich. Upon completion, all the children are given a sweet currant bun for their efforts.