Bob Kelley On Shaftesbury’s Unique Byzant Ceremony

Shaftesbury historian Bob Kelley celebrates our unique Byzant procession.

The Byzant in 1973. Bob Kelley is in purple.

The annual ceremony began in medieval times and ended in the nineteenth century. Bob talks about the history of the event which he helped relaunch in the early 1970s.

The procession was restarted for a third time in May 2018.

The Byzant Ceremony was restarted in 2018