Meat-lovers took a bite out of one of an ancient festival’s greatest traditions.
Mayor of Sunderland Barry Curran was on hand to take the first cut of the annual roasting of the ox as part of this year’s Houghton Feast.
The 10-day festival is running until Sunday and features a host of attractions including a fairground, church events, carnival parade, a tattoo with pipes and drums, shows, community events, exhibitions, talks and tours, and fireworks.
The ancient festival dates back to the 12th century when it originated as Michaelmas, the dedication service of the parish church of St Michael and All Angels.
Coun Curran said: “This fantastic event dates back almost 900 years and is an integral part of the community here in Houghton.
“This year’s feast is themed around light and the logo, designed by a local school pupil, proudly features a miner’s lamp, representing the unforgettable mining heritage of the area and the communities that lived here.”