From that small beginning, the secret ceremony grew in popularity. As more students joined in, the college accepted the ritual as part of its calendar.
But one thing has not changed: only Merton students (past and present) can take part. Of the five founders, three survive at the time of writing. One of them, Barry Press, attends every year. He takes the title Keeper of the Watch, and it is his task to start proceedings by proposing three toasts.
“To a good old time!”, “Long live the counter revolution!” and “o tempora, o more!”.
Hear hear. And though we can't get you into the Time Ceremony, we can show you around Merton College.
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