John O’Gaunt School rang the historic, Hocktide changes in Hungerford this Tuesday, for Tutti Day
For the first time in the ancient tradition and history celebrating this agricultural custom of tithing and commoners’ rights, the ‘Tutti Girls’ (John O’Gaunt students chosen to take part in the ceremony) included two boys. Harry and Aidan had special waistcoats and ties made for them, and joined Samantha, Holly and Lexi among the colourful Tutti Poles of flowers and oranges, and their tithing baskets. Honouring the tradition at a festivity banned by Henry VIII, reinstated in Elizabethan times and then largely forgotten by the 1800s, Hungerford’s Hocktide Court and traditions are now a unique celebration in the country. Along with the Orangeman and attendants, the ‘Tutti folk’ visit over a hundred properties that hold Commoner’s Rights, dutifully collecting ‘tithes.’ It’s a long tradition held by John O’Gaunt School, too … in its own 60 years, many staff and former students have been Tutti Girls … but never before, Tutti Boys.
L-R Holly, Aidan, Sam, Lexi, Harry