Former Winchester mayors Jean Hammerton and Therese Evans toast the portrait of Richard Moss. Picture copyright . 2003.
FORMER Winchester MP and freeman, Richard Moss, died in 1905 but his memory lives on thanks to a strange but delightful ceremony. Twice a year - once on his birthday, May 30th, and once in October - businessmen gather at the mayor's residence (Abbey House) to toast the former Worthy. He was a popular man in his time and did much good for the historic capital. He also left a sum of money in his Will for businessmen to meet and have a drink once a year - the only stipulation being that they toast his health! The ceremony in October is usually devoted to those who serve the mayor's office in one capacity or another.