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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Warmer days ahead, Town Criers and Arundel Festival Pictures

Good Morning.

I thought on this grey, dank February morning I would just remind 
myself, and anyone else experiencing the same,
 that warmer days won't be too far away.

This is the Arundel Festival
Always at the end of August

If you have never been to Arundel.
The festival would be a great time to introduce yourself to the town.
Equally, if you've been to Arundel, 
but never experienced the festival...
Make this the year you do.
It's enormous fun.

the waiters race ..Arundel High Street

this was great fun to watch and the runners appeared to have loads of fun themselves

The town is lovely at any time, but it just comes 
alive during the festival.

Here's a few more pictures

This was another great spectacle in the town.
The first time Arundel has hosted

"The Town Crier" Competition.

For anyone that might not know,
its a custom that goes
back in England
 hundreds of years.

No newspapers, radio, TV, and most CERTAINLY no Iphones!

The town crier would go into town with a bell crying
" Oyez, Oyez,"
and announce the latest, news, scandal, events.....

Here's what Wikipedia has to say on the subject

Town crier of Provincetown, Massachusetts in 1909
"A town crier, or bellman, is an officer of the court who makes public pronouncements as required by the court (cf. Black's Law Dictionary). The crier can also be used to make public announcements in the streets. Criers often dress elaborately, by a tradition dating to the 18th century, in a red and gold robe, white breeches, black boots and a tricorne hat.
They carry a handbell to attract people's attention, as they shout the words "Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!" before making their announcements. The word "Oyez" means "hear ye," which is a call for silence and attention. Oyez derives from the Anglo-Norman word for listen. The proclamations book in Chester from the early 19th century records this as O Yes, O Yes!"

The costumes appeared to all be pretty authentic.
Certainly the attention to detail was amazing.

these were my absolute favourite

It was like stepping back in time.
I don't know when it will be on this year, 
but if you are interested to go I sure you will find it on 
some of the Arundel sites nearer the time.
As soon as I know I will post it on the blog.

Right now, I am off for my power walk.
I am desperately trying to lose weight in time for my 
son's wedding in Virginia, in the Autumn.

this was the walk from yesterday...6 miles...don't think I have the time for that today


Then its down to the studio at the end of the garden, to clean 
Victorian Bamboo 
ready for decorating .

 I hope you have a lovely day,
whatever you are doing.