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Dunking 'honour' for Woodstock's mock mayor
9:30am Monday 6th August 2012 in News
Buy this photo At the traditional dunking
WOODSTOCK’s newest mock mayor was appointed in rather unceremonious fashion, when he was thrown into the river.
Every year a group of locals from old Woodstock elects a new “mayor”, in a ritual dating back to the late 1700s.
This year the honour was conferred upon Tom Cosgrove, pictured at the traditional dunking and, inset, enjoying a traditional warming glass outside the Town Hall.
Mr Cosgrove, who works at Oxford Brookes University , promised to arrange a ‘Mexican flush’ which would involve everyone in the old town flushing their toilets at the same time to flood the ‘newt town’.
He said: “The election process is entirely democratic but a well-kept secret. Nobody knows how it is done.”
The festivities began at 2pm on Saturday, with a charity fete in the town centre featuring a Punch and Judy show, china smashing and a tombola. At 6pm the hustings began, and candidates gave their election speeches.
Mr Cosgrove joked: “Next year I will be democratically electing someone else who needs to be thrown in the river.”
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