|As always, the celebration started at Park Farm, with the Ceremony of Taking the Harvest.|
Mr John Proffitt was elected Lord of the Harvest; Mr John Suttle, Esquire, played the (appropriate) part of the Wealthy Farmer in accepting the Harvest Contract.
|From the Church, we processed to Brook Street, where we performed, and posed, and Hollared Largesse.|
The kind tradesman, in the form of Mr Barry Fuller, Master Baker, dispensed Largesse according to tradition.
|Then we assembled outside Mace Stores (now featuring the Post Office) (proprietors, M & M Stiff, Licensed to Deal in Game). Again, Largesse was dispensed, and the Horkey Bough played a prominent part.|
Mr Proffitt was, by this time, beginning to feel the pace, as shown in his improvised OAP walker, borrowed from the store.
|The first "Watering Hole" of the day was our old HQ, The Black Lion, where we received a cheery welcome, and where we danced in the light drizzle that fell all day. No photos at present.|
The intake of ale meant the side were well prepared to undertake the now-traditional Filling of the Squire's Pond on the way past.
Despite the very wet weather, the Squire's Pond always needs filling.
|Thence to Turner's Fine Fish and Chips Emporium, to order our lunch, processing across Tye Green en route.|
|Never being ones to miss a chance, we danced outside the shop, to the delight of all and sundry. Largesse here extended to free bottles of vinegar and tomato sauce. |
You will notice the presence of Mr Mark Mikurenda, who returned (and welcome) from exile in Dorset to be with us for the day.
|Thence to "The Angel", to consume our Fish and Chips, to Drink and Sing a little, before preparing for the evening's festivities in the Village Hall.|
Go forward to the evening celebration or back for full details of the 1999 Horkey, with a more detailed explanation of the Horkey tradition.