First Fruits Ceremony, Richmond, Yorkshire. England 1975.<br />
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This ceremony links Richmond with its medieval origins, when the people were dependent on the success of each years harvest and the quality that the farmers produced. In medieval times, corn was grown on the three great open fields to the north of the town - Westfield, Gallowfield and Eastfield.<br />
Nowadays, after some introductory remarks by the Town Mayor, and thanks-giving prayers by a clergyman, a local farmer presents to the Mayor a small sack ful of newly threshed corn. This the Mayor hands over to a miller, who examines the corn, and when he passes favourable judgement on its quality, the Mayor presents the farmer with a bottle of wine. Other bottles are opened and the bystanders are invited to join in a toast to a good harvest.
First Fruits Ceremony, Richmond, Yorkshire. UK 1970s
First Fruits Ceremony, Richmond, Yorkshire. England 1975.

This ceremony links Richmond with its medieval origins, when the people were dependent on the success of each years harvest and the quality that the farmers produced. In medieval times, corn was grown on the three great open fields to the north of the town - Westfield, Gallowfield and Eastfield.
Nowadays, after some introductory remarks by the Town Mayor, and thanks-giving prayers by a clergyman, a local farmer presents to the Mayor a small sack ful of newly threshed corn. This the Mayor hands over to a miller, who examines the corn, and when he passes favourable judgement on its quality, the Mayor presents the farmer with a bottle of wine. Other bottles are opened and the bystanders are invited to join in a toast to a good harvest.

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