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Just found this bizzare old local tradition mentioned in newbury Weekly news:

In his own research, Mr Edwards documents how the pub was involved in the old City area of Newbury’s ‘alternative mayor making’, where candidates were locked in a club room and fed an explosive cocktail of bacon, beans and beer laced with spices.

“The brew acted in a very distressful and explosive manner, and the candidate first found to be in this unfortunate position was proclaimed mayor,” the report says.

The ‘winner’ was then carried to other pubs in the City before heading back to a banquet at the Wellington.



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It makes a whole lot more sense, than getting a load of the "public" to vote for you, although my "argument of choice" for democracy would be a Balti, pickled onions, and some real ale! Let's see how these "bacon and beans" wimps cope with that! :blink:

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