This morning the annual civic service took place at St Helen’s Church.
An array of civic dignitaries set off from the Guildhall towards the church led by the maces of Abingdon-on-Thames and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The Mayor of Abingdon for 2017-18, Councillor Jan Morter, was accompanied by the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, and other dignatories including up to 18 members of Abingdon Town Council. There is an ancient connection between Kensington and the Abbey of Abingdon dating back to the 1100s. The civic connection was revived in the 1950s, and Mayors now take it in turns to attend each other’s civic service.