Unique to Harwich, the ancient and jolly tradition of throwing Kitchels, sweet fruit finger buns, from the Guildhall balcony on Mayor Making Day is eagerly received by the local children waiting below to catch and devour the sweet treats. But first the formality of the newly appointed Mayor Sid Simmonds and Lady Mayoress Peggy Simmonds who are presented with their chains of office, and then the fun begins. This was a local TV item which would have had live studio sound.
On the third Thursday in May every year the Guildhall is the scene of the Mayor-making ceremony. After the formal proceedings it is custom for the new Mayor and Mayoress to throw “kitchels” to the crowd of children in the street below. Kitchels are small sweet buns, baked locally and the ceremony is unique to Harwich. Originally for the purpose of spreading goodwill amongst the poor of the town, it has been a local tradition for centuries.
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