Flitch Trials, Essex

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The gift of a side of bacon may seem a quirky way to celebrate a year’s happy marriage.
Not so during the Dunmow Flitch Trials.

This centuries-old tradition sees couples who have been married for at least a year and a day try to convince a judge and jury that they have not wished themselves unmarried again in that time.

Successful pairs are then carried shoulder high in the ancient flitch chair to the market place where they take an oath and are presented with their prize.

It certainly lends a whole new meaning to the phrase bringing home the bacon.

The Flitch Trials are held every four years in Great Dunmow, Essex. The next event will be held in July 2012.

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