Harwich Mayor Making and 'Kitchel' Throwing Ceremony

1963 , Harwich (Essex)

Anglia television mute news footage, on Mayor Making Day in Harwich the newly appointed member keeps the ancient tradition and throws a bun, called a ‘kitchel', from the balcony of the Guildhall.

Mayor Making Day in Harwich. As part of the proceedings, the Mayor and associated Council members proceed along Church Street to The Guildhall. Many wear the traditional robe and black bicorne hat, as does the Mayor, who is distinguishable by his Mayoral chain. The leading dignitary carries a staff. Children wait excitedly, outside The Guildhall, then above, the Mayor stands on the Guildhall balcony. Keeping the ancient Harwich tradition, the newly appointed, and assisting dignitaries, throw ‘kitchels” to the children (and adults) below. The children in excitement hold their hands out to catch the buns, and gesture above to encourage more to be thrown.

Featured Buildings

The Guildhall, Church street, Harwich (A Grade I Listed building)

Featured Events

Mayor Making Day in Harwich (the third thursday in May)

Keywords

Ceremonies; Customs; Mayors; Traditions

Background Information

On the third Thursday in May every year the Guildhall is the scene of the Mayor-making ceremony. After the formal proceedings the new Mayor and Mayoress maintain the ancient and happy tradition of throwing “kitchels” to the crowd of children in the street below. Kitchels are small spiced 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.

Manifestations

Harwich Mayor Making and 'Kitchel' Throwing Ceremony

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