Northampton to restoration of the monarchy in 1660 with Oak Apple Day service

Picture: Northampton Borough Council
Picture: Northampton Borough Council

Oak Apple Day will be commemorated in Northampton with a special ceremony in the town centre on Sunday May 29.

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 May 29 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.

Councillor 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.”