Swearing on the Horns: Revellers of ancient Highgate ceremony fundraise for Muswell Hill charity
PUBLISHED: 10:55 20 March 2020 | UPDATED: 10:55 20 March 2020
Swearing on the Horns - a quirky Highgate ceremony dating back to the 17th century - has raised £113 for a Muswell Hill charity.
The jovial event, a farcical oath mentioned by Byron in a 19th century poem, was held at the Gatehouse pub in North Road and organised by Hornsey Round Table.
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Muswell Hill charity CPotential, which supports children with special needs to gain skills, independence and confidence, benefited from the fundraiser.
John Martin, of Hornsey Round Table, said: “It was brilliant fun and a great evening of activity which raised money for an important local charity.
“Everyone drank a bit too much which always helps!”
Swearing on the Horns involves a series of statements read by a clerk confirming participants’ commitment to merriment and debauchery.
Revellers then kiss or salute a set of horns and are sworn in as ‘Freemen of Highgate’.