Christmas day tradition continues

Sudbury Christmas Day tradition of helping elderly residents continues. ANL-151229-153409001
Sudbury Christmas Day tradition of helping elderly residents continues. ANL-151229-153409001

An ancient ceremony supporting elderly Sudbury residents took place for the three hundred and forty seventh year on Christmas Day.

Beginning in 1668 the occasion remembers the bequest by Nathaniel King, who was Mayor and Alderman of Sudbury during his lifetime, to provide coats to around ten elderly and deserving men of the town.

Nowadays the coats have been replaced by clothing vouchers to the value of £40, of which seventeen were issued.

A good number of the elderly men supported gathered at the town hall, along with family members, for the ceremony.

Geoff Challacombe, chairman of the Sudbury Municipal Charities read the entry from the minute book for one hundred years ago when fourteen men received a coat.

Sudbury Mayor Jack Own then distributed the vouchers before a toast was raised to Nathaniel King.

The Municipal Charities hopes to continue the tradition next year.