Ancient Beating of the Bounds ceremony on Sunday

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

CHILDREN will be turned upside down and have their head bumped on stone on Sunday – all part of one of Wycombe’s wackiest traditions.

The Mayor of High Wycombe Cllr Trevor Snaith will lead the Charter Trustees on the annual Beating of the Bounds ceremony.

Dignitaries will re-enact the ceremony of marking the boundaries of the former Borough of High Wycombe – which includes turning youngsters upside down and gently lowering their head onto each boundary stone.

Residents are welcome to watch the ancient tradition, which died out in the 1920s before it was reinstated in 1999, especially children who could be used to mark out the old borough boundary.

The walk, which takes about 40mins, gets under way from 11am at the Guildhall in the High Street and will take in Pann Mill at about noon.

The Mayor’s Civic Service will be held prior to the ceremony, with the service at All Saint’s Parish Church taking place at 9.45am.

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