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Collecting kisses in return for oranges for Hocktide

It's that time of year again when the residents of Hungerford in West Berkshire celebrate the ancient tradition of Hocktide.

During the day tutti men - or women - like this year, visit local homes and businesses to collect kisses in return for an orange. Hungerford is the only place in Britain to keep up this pagan ritual as Juliette Fletcher reports.

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Hocktide celebrates get underway this morning

Residents celebrate Hocktide or Tutti Day Credit: ITV Meridian

It's Hocktide day in Hungerford which is the only place in the country that still celebrates the pagan tradition going back 650 years.

It starts when the Town Crier summons the 'Commoners' of the town to the Hocktide Court, held at the town hall, while two florally decorated 'Tutti Men' - accompanied by around six Tutti Girls - visit local homes to collect kisses from each lady of the house.

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