The Ripon Hornblower

The Ripon Hornblower
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The Ripon Hornblower conducts the ancient ceremony of "Setting the Watch" at 9 p.m. in the evening in Ripon. He does this by sounding the horn at the four corners of the market cross to let the people know it is now safe for sleeping. This is believed to be the longest unbroken daily ceremony in the world having not been missed not for one night in 1128 years, and has taken place ever since Alfred the Great granted a charter to the City in the form of a horn in 886.

The current hornblower is George Pickles, who has been charged with the responsiblity of guaranteeing the uninterrupted continuity of the ceremony since 2004. The ceremony attracts around ten thousand people each year with as many as a hundred on some evenings. Besides conducting the ceremony George give talks on the history of "Setting the Watch" to groups throughout the country - thereby keeping alive a centuries old tradition in the minds of the public !

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