Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Ripon Hornblower

This is George Pickles, the Ripon Hornblower, Setting the Watch around the obelisk in the city's market square. It is, says his website:
which has been carried out every evening on the market square without a miss, not for one single day, for 1125 years. It is the longest ongoing unbroken daily ceremony in the world.
"And no, madam," I heard him say, "it's not been me all that time. There were two more before me."

Mr Pickles carries out the ceremony with due seriousness, and then chats to the tourists who have gathered to watch him at 9 p.m.each evening.

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