Oak Apple Day Commemorations in Northampton
Oak Apple Day, Sunday 29 May, will be commemorated in Northampton by a special ceremony in the town centre.
Oak Apple Day marks the restoration of the monarchy when Charles II came to the throne on May 29 1660. It was for centuries a public holiday and remained so until 1859. The name marks the fact that following the battle of Worcester in 1651, the future King Charles II hid from his roundhead enemies in an oak tree.
On Sunday 29 May at 11.45am, 15 drummers from the LNR ACF 'A' Company Corp of Drums, wearing scarlet dress uniforms will form up on All Saints piazza and begin drumming.
The Lord Lieutenant Mr David Laing, will read a prayer and then on the stroke of 12 noon, the statue of Charles II that stands high on the portico of All Saints Church with be wreathed with a crown of oak leaves.
Joining the Lord Lieutenant for the ceremony will be dignitaries including Cllr Christopher Malpas, the new mayor of Northampton and Cllr Mary Markham, Leader of Northampton Borough Council.
Cllr Mary Markham, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “We have honoured the tradition of Oak Apple day in Northampton for many years and honouring the monarchy in this way is also a fitting tribute to the Queen in the year of her 90th birthday.”