Tradition marks 344th year

FESTIVE SPIRIT: Tony Platt, Sudbury mayor, is join by applicants and their families, who took part in the 344th Christmas Day Gifts ceremony.
FESTIVE SPIRIT: Tony Platt, Sudbury mayor, is join by applicants and their families, who took part in the 344th Christmas Day Gifts ceremony.
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A TRADITION dating back more than 300 years helped spread a little extra Christmas cheer for a group of Sudbury residents.

Fifteen men gathered at the town hall on Market Hill on Christmas morning to be part of the 344th annual Christmas Day Gifts ceremony.

The event, known as the “George Coats”, originally began in 1668 at the request of Nathanial King, who said that winter coats should be given to a number of deserving elderly men in Sudbury on Christmas Day.

Although coats are no longer given out, those who apply are given clothing vouchers worth £40 which can be spent at Winch & Blatch or Peddars.

Sudbury mayor Tony Platt, who handed out the gifts, said: “This is a wonderful tradition and one that the town of Sudbury tries very hard to keep alive.

“All those who attended very much enjoyed the ceremony.”

As part of the event, run by Sudbury Municipal Charities, those assembled were also provided with a small sherry and a mince pie.

During last year’s event, 16 applicants received vouchers.