I  had a great day in London’s Covent Garden yesterday. I was taking part in the annual rent ceremony, a weird and  wonderful occasion when members of the Covent Garden Area Trust march around the piazza to pay a peppercorn rent of  apples and flowers to freeholders of the land.

This annual parade is a really colourful event and I was proud to be able to lead the procession of trustees and jazz  players around the site.

This year’s event was particularly important as it marked the 30th anniversary of the opening of the central market  building.

Photo kindly supplied by the Covent Garden Area Trust and copyright Sheila Burnett.

Posted on the 25th June 2010