Everywhere town and village folk feasted on roast ox, plum puddings and strong beer. Sermons were preached, God Save the King sung heartily and food and
alms distributed to the poor.
In Reading they set free Danish prisoners of war; in Abingdon they threw cakes from the top of the Market House; in Easthampstead they had fireworks; at
Hungerford there was a display of swordsmanship from the cavalry and in Wokingham muskets were fired in the Market Place.
The King and Queen were in Windsor where the Queen attended the ox-roasting in Bachelor's Acre. A giant decorative arch had been constructed over the road by
the Guildhall and the royal party passed underneath it as they went into the town.
[With thanks to Berkshire Record Office]