Traditional ox roasting is another roaring success

Deputy Mayor of Sunderland, Bob Heron tucks into his ox roast sandwich at the Houghton Feast with Rotary club members, Derek Moss and Len Aitchison.
Deputy Mayor of Sunderland, Bob Heron tucks into his ox roast sandwich at the Houghton Feast with Rotary club members, Derek Moss and Len Aitchison.
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HUNGRY Houghton Feast-goers chomped on tasty ox sandwiches as the famous event took place.

Copt Hill Councillor Bob Heron had the honour of carving the first slice, as visitors waited patiently in line for a taste.

Six-year-old Owen Hayton enjoying his Roast ox sandwich at the Houghton Feast.

Six-year-old Owen Hayton enjoying his Roast ox sandwich at the Houghton Feast.

This year’s is the 45th roasting, after the traditional Feast Monday event was introduced by Houghton Feast Steering Committee in 1967.

Members of Houghton Rotary Club roast the animal on a custom-made spit at Rectory Field for about 16 hours, so it is cooked to perfection.

Proceeds from the sale of roast sandwiches will go towards worthy causes in the area.

Fireworks then lit up the skies as thousands gathered to watch the event, at Durham Road playing fields.

Festivities continue today, with Zazz Theatre, in Newbottle Street, holding an open mic night organised by the Underground Youth Music Project, starting at 6pm.

Tomorrow, Houghton Brass Band perform at St Michael and All Angels’ Church, from 7pm.