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Rose ceremony at city centre pub

Published on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A CENTURIES-old local tradition will be kept alive when the Lord Mayor of Leicester attends the Damask Rose ceremony at a city centre pub this Friday? (24 June).

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Stephen Corrall, will mark the annual custom when he receives the symbolic peppercorn rent of a Damask Rose and four old pennies from a representative of O’Neill’s in Loseby Lane.

The Lord Mayor said: “This is a local custom that dates back hundreds of years and I am delighted that we are continuing and protecting the tradition."

Dating back to the 1600s, the Damask Rose ceremony survived until 2001 when the O’Neill’s chain took over the pub. Former Lord Mayor, Colin Hall, was instrumental in re-instating the ceremony in 2010.

In keeping with tradition, the Damask Rose ceremony takes place to coincide with the Feast of St John the Baptist and representatives from the Gild of Freemen of the City of Leicester will also be present.