It’s become a Christmas Eve tradition – the meat auction by Harts of Smithfield on Christmas Eve. They sell off all the meat they have left in stock before the Christmas break. Suckling pigs were going for £50 or free if you won the toss of a coin, hams for £15, more smoked gammon that one person could physically carry for £20 (I know because I had to carry one home!) and turkeys – lots of turkeys.
There was a great atmosphere there this morning. People were handing money to complete strangers who were nearer the front and the meat was passed back. That’s how I got mine.
And all accompanied by “oohs” and “aaahs”, cheers, rounds of applause and lots of friendly banter.
It’s a tradition that goes back at least to the 1950s, if not longer. And long may it continue.
Some people bought more than others! And had a little trouble getting it away. This box did hit the ground but a very kind fellow auction attender helped them to pick it up.
And there was plenty of clearing up to be done at the end.