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Corby Town Mayor, Tafadzwa Chikoto, Carried Through Streets In Britain

Corby Town Mayor, Tafadzwa Chikoto, Carried Through Streets In Britain

Newly-elected United Kingdom’s Corby Town mayor, Tafadzwa Chikoto, was on Friday hoisted during the town’s Corby Poll Fair marking Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Zimbabwean-born British politician was carried by four men around the Corby village to wild cheers and celebratory claps from a huge crowd.

The Corby Pole Fair started at 6 AM. The bells of St John the Baptist Church in Corby Old Village had been ringing since 5 AM to signal the start of the 2022 Corby Pole Fair.

Hundreds of people gathered to hear the first charter reading by the Parliament Stone outside the church.

Reverend Paul Frost read the charter as per tradition. The charter was granted to the village in 1585 by Queen Elizabeth I.

After the reading of the charter, Rev Frost, Chikoto and the village’s oldest resident, June Thomson, were lifted aloft and carried through the streets of the village.

The charter was read for a second time outside the White Hart and in The Jamb.

The Corby Pole Fair is a major community celebration for the town that comes around only every 20 years.

Corby resident Paul Balmer, who was last year commissioned to make a film about the Pole Fair said nobody is quite sure why the fair takes place once every 20 years. He said:

It depends on who you listen to and who you read. It may go back to 1226 when the first fair was granted by Henry II.

Generally, when we’re celebrating the Pole Fair we talk about 1585 which is when Queen Elizabeth apparently came here and got stuck in a bog and was rescued by Corby villagers and she rewarded them with a charter.

That’s one of the legends, there are many legends.

More: BBC; The Herald

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12 Comments

Tateguru 3 weeks ago

WaMambo


St 3 weeks ago

Hoyoka mwanawevhu akatakurwa nevachena.Kureva kuti mharidzo yeZanu yekus****podza chese chaitwa nevachena inhema


Swagger 3 weeks ago

if you come to ZIMBABWE i wil vote for you for President


pindula why 3 weeks ago

why Pindula is nolonger displaying comments?


chipo 3 weeks ago

tafara chokwadi nokudada, good news for a change am surprised no comments from the peanut gallery.kkkkkkk


999 3 weeks ago

happy for the mayor
but arikuiteyi kumarizevha evarungu🤭


Observer 3 weeks ago

Well done "The British" keep the tradition going.


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Da truth 3 weeks ago

Ok ikoko kwakadii nhai vanhu.Mitiii navachena Ava Havana godo


Zimbaboon 3 weeks ago

Uyu adadisa uyu. Em proud of you bro.



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