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New hornblower for historic city
George Pickles
George Pickles will blow his horn in the market place
Ripon has a new hornblower to carry the 500-year-old tradition of blowing a horn in the market place every evening at 2100 - 365 days a year.

After having to advertise the post twice, the city council has appointed George Pickles.

Mr Pickles takes over from Alan Oliver who has now retired after 20 years.

The horn was originally sounded to tell citizens that the "watchman" had taken over responsibility for Ripon's safety until dawn.

Giving something back

Mr Pickles said: "I did not know the previous hornblower had retired until I saw a headline saying the tradition could die.

"I said to my wife: 'I think it is time to give something back to Ripon.' It's as simple as that."

Coun Stuart Martin, Mayor of Ripon, said: "The other option was to get out the horn myself and have a go.

"I am grateful to George for stopping me doing that."

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