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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.


Tutti Day gets underway

Tutti Day in Hungerford Credit: ITV Meridian

The age old tradition of Tutti Day has got underway in Hungerford, in Berkshire.

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.

  1. Penny Silvester

Tutti Day marks the end of the financial year

Tutti Day is an old tradition linked to marking the end of the financial year. Hungerford in Berkshire is the only place in the UK where people still dress up for the occasion.

On the second Tuesday after Easter 'Tutti Men' would visit each household and collect a 'head penny' from each person. Nowadays the 'Tutti men' just collect a kiss. Here's Penny Silvester's report from Tutti Day 2011.

It's Tutti Day today

Two 'Tutti Men' in the Berkshire market town of Hungerford will be collecting kisses today from each lady of the houses they visit for Tutti Day today.

It is thought the celebration dates back to medieval times when 'Tutti men' would collect the 'head penny' from each householder on the second Tuesday after Easter. The tradition of dressing up and visiting around 100 properties with 'common rights' is linked to the end of the financial year.