Coronavirus: Changes to Ripon hornblowing

Coronavirus: Changes to Ripon hornblowing

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 6:45am 11th April 2020. (Updated at 10:27am 11th April 2020)

Ripon hornblowers are working from home during the coronavirus outbreak. 

  • Ripon hornblowers are working from home during the virus outbreak. 
  • They're unable to perform the ceremony in Market Square because of the lockdown rules. 
  • Changes were also made to the ceremony during the Second World War. 

The ceremony, which usually takes place in Market Square, is being held behind closed doors because of the government's lockdown rules.  

A horn is sounded four times in the square every night at 9pm.  

It's not the first time the ceremony has been altered - during the Second World War, it was held at 6pm instead because of the blackouts.  

In a statement, Ripon City Council said: 

"In light of revised guidance from central government that people should stay at home for all but essential work, Ripon City Council has taken the decision to move the hornblowing ceremony away from the Market Square for the time being. 

"Given the extraordinary situation that the whole country and wider world finds itself in, our hornblowing team will now undertake the setting of the watch ceremony from their home address within the City boundary."

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