The Unicorn Hotel, in Ripon, showed its support for an ancient local tradition, with sponsorship for the annual St Wilfrid Procession.
St Wilfrid was the Abbot of Ripon and Bishop of York – an influential character in the early English church.
The cathedral at Ripon is dedicated to him. Every year, his return to the town is celebrated with a parade of floats, musicians and dancers, as well as the Wakeman of Ripon.
The St Wilfrid Procession most likely originated in early 13th-century religious rituals for the Feast of St Wilfrid, when the shrine and the richly decorated feretory, containing Wilfrid’s skull, were carried around the liberty.
Today, the town’s celebration incorporates a parade and a procession, led by the Mayor of Ripon, council members and dignitaries from the cathedral, as well as the Ripon hornblower, who blows a horn at 9pm every night.
Rob Watson, pub manager at The Unicorn Hotel, said: “We were delighted to be able to show our support for the event. Ripon is steeped in history – and it is important for the town and its people that we all play our part in upholding such traditions.”
Rob is pictured left with (left to right) Richard Buller, Wetherspoon’s area manager, handing over a cheque to St Wilfrid Procession Committee, Cllr Sylvia Brierley, Cllr Peter Horton, Mrs Sue Fisk and Cllr Andrew Williams, the Mayor of Ripon.