PICTURE GALLERY https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/ PICTURE GALLERY The Charter Horn The Charter Horn given to the City by Alfred the Great in 886 as a symbol of the Charter. Started life as a basic horn but over the years has be come adorned, covered in velvet and capped with solid silver. Not blown any more and is kept in a secure vault in the Town Hall https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=113384780 113384780 George Pickles H'blower 2003 to 2015 To see George in action on video go to - http://calendarcustoms.com/articles/ripon-hornblowing No one does it like George https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104243623 104243623 George Pickles the last singular holder of the post of Hornblower 2003-2015 Setting the Watch on a summers evening https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104257987 104257987 George Pickles, The last singular holder of the post. 2003 -2015 At the Wakemans House https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104257988 104257988 George Pickles, the last singular holder of the post. 2003 - 2015 Setting the Watch on a winters evening https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104257989 104257989 George Pickles, the last singular hoder of the post. 2003 - 2015 People of all ages come to see the ancient ceremony of Setting the Watch. Here the Hornblower is seen welcoming parents and children. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104259424 104259424 George Pickles. The last singular holder of the post 2003 - 2015 In the depth of winter, the duty of 'Setting the Watch' ceremony must go on regardless. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104347934 104347934 A warm Welcome to Ripon. WELCOME TO RIPON - STAY AWHILE AMID ITS ANCIENT CHARMS. Yorkshire in Bloom winner https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104350333 104350333 Traditional events in Ripon Pancake Day. The Hornblower and the Dean starting a childrens race. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104348991 104348991 Remembrance Sunday In Ripon Mayor Cllr David Elsy receives the officer in charge of the Military Escort at the Town Hall. At his side is Mr. Jim Vauvert the Mayors Sergeant at Mace and Custodian of the Chains of office and the longest serving municipal Officer. In the background other Municipal officers are the Deputy Hornblower Eugene Boarman and the City Staffe Bearers, with other representatives from the Military. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=109857704 109857704 George Pickles when Hornblower fund raising The Hornblower (on right out of uniform) presents a cheque for ?¯?¿?½750 to Sqd.Ldr Mike Chambers MBE the President of Ripon RAFA. The local RAFA branch was one of four charities to benefit from the Hornblower Big Band Ball 2009 https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104541058 104541058 The Ripon Hornblower A blast from the Horn....may seem quite deafening to some young ears ! https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105184241 105184241 The Ripon Hornblower When the ceremony of' Setting the Watch' has been carried out with the required seriousness and dignity, we can all relax and everyone gets the warmest of welcomes, with lots of time for photos. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105184242 105184242 Historic features of Ripon The horn at the top of the Obelisk, apart from being a symbol of the City is a weather vane and also a sealed time capsule. The Hornblower will tell you what secrets it holds if you visit him to see the ceremony at 9 O'clock https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104315233 104315233 Hornblowers Fund Raising George Pickles the Hornblower (right out of uniform) presents a cheque for ?¯?¿?½2500-00 to the County Coordinator for the 'Help for Heroes' charity. The sum was raised at the Hornblowers Big Band Ball held during May 2010. Left, looking on is Mike Chambers who acted as M.C. on the night of the event. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105187046 105187046 The impressive buildings of Ripon The Town Hall at night as seen from the Obelisk on the square https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104315434 104315434 Other places of interest in Ripon The Wakemans House at the South West corner of the Square. Now a Cafe. See the attic window ? It is said the ghost of Hugh Ripley will appear at this window if the Horn is not sounded to his satisfaction at 9pm. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104315436 104315436 Other wonders of Ripon Front view of the Cathedral https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104315438 104315438 The Wonders of Ripon The Lake at Studley Royal, Ripon. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104701085 104701085 Ripons Great and Famous Pubs. The 'One Eyed Rat', Allhallogate. One of the finest Pubs in the area. The Hornblower can often be found here in his leisure time enjoying the good company, cordial atmosphere, and the best of ales. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=104701087 104701087 Places to visit in Ripon The Court House Museum https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105180936 105180936 Places to visit in Ripon The Workhouse Museum https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105180937 105180937 Places to see in Ripon The Market Square and Obelisk at night https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105184239 105184239 Places to see in Ripon Kirkgate with its cobbles and quaint buildings leading from the Market Square to the Cathedral https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105184243 105184243 Things to see in Ripon The Cathedral as seen from the South bank of the river Skell. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105184244 105184244 Things to see in Ripon The Cabmans Shelter. An interesting reminder of the past. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105184245 105184245 Ripon famous pubs The Water Rat. Good food, good ale all in a beautiful setting at the side of the River Skell https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105184246 105184246 Where to stay in Ripon Lots of first class accommodation. Here is just one of our friendly B&B's. The Boxtree Cottages. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105184247 105184247 Things to do in Ripon Our busy Thursday market https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105184248 105184248 Things to do in Ripon Take a relaxing stroll along our colourful canal paths https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105300832 105300832 Things to do in Ripon Stop awhile and enjoy the comings and goings of the Wildlife around our Wetlands https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105300833 105300833 Things to see in Ripon The Ripon Marina. For permanent boat dweller or visitors. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105301034 105301034 Things to see in Ripon A typical winter scene along our waterways https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=105301611 105301611 Winter Duty Setting the Watch in the unexpected severe weather of November 2010 https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=108477522 108477522 Lockwoods One of Ripon finest cafe/restaurants situated in the heart of the City. A refreshing experience of traditional flavours. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=114628459 114628459 Ripon Air Cadets Awards Night Members of the Ripon 886 Sqd Air Cadets watch the Hornblower Set the Watch on the market square after the awards night in the Town Hall which the Hornblower attended in his capacity as a RAF veteran. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129852266 129852266 With The Gurkhas Hornblower and wife Lilian with the Gurkhas at Ripon Cathedral after servcie dedicating the new Gurkha Standard. 21st August 2011 https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=135769882 135769882 St. Wilfrids Parade 30th July 2011. Hornblower leading the St. Wilfrids Parade with the Mayor, Mayoress, Deputy Hornblower. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=135769994 135769994 Ripon Silver Tour - Fantastic! Visitors for the USA being given the Silver Tour in the Mayors Parlour. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=156030625 156030625 The Hornblower Setting the Watch Reporting to the Mayor on the Town Hall steps https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=156030626 156030626 The Hornblower Posing for Pictures with one of the may overseas visitors https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=156030628 156030628 The Hornblower With visitors from the USA https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=156030629 156030629 The Hornblower Another USA visitor https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=156050035 156050035 Hornblowers - Another Role The Hornblower in robes of District Councillor. Taken in the Royal Hall Harrogate May 2012. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=157023678 157023678 Hornblower - As a Young Airman The Hornblower with his wife Lilian on the day of their engagement in 1957 when he was serving with RAF Fighter Command as an Engineer ground crew member operating the first generation of Jet Fighters. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=158073690 158073690 Armed Forces Day June 2012 Dark clouds gather over Ripon Market Place prior to Armed Forces day Service https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=167957339 167957339 Armed Forces Day June 2012 Attending the RAFA stall https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=167957340 167957340 Armed Forces Day June 2012 The Colour party https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=167957341 167957341 Jubilee Day June 2012 Mayor gets setting of watch on Jubilee Day https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=167957342 167957342 Jubilee Day June 2012 An even bigger than normal crowd around the obelisk but the tradition must go on even on Jubilee day https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=167957343 167957343 Remembrance Sunday 2012 A rose between two thorns ! https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=169430454 169430454 Remembrance Sunday 2012 The Spa Gardens Ripon https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=169430455 169430455 Sunbeam Alpine Cars The sunbeam Alpine Car Owners assembled on Ripon square evening of Thursday 8/8/2013 and sounded their Alpine Horns in unison as term of respect for the ancient Ripon Hornblowing Ceremony https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183217381 183217381 Sunbeam Alpine Cars Another shot of the assembly on the square 8/8/2013 https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183217511 183217511 March of the Tractors Hornblower welcoming the Tractor assembly on the square May 2013 https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183217556 183217556 BBC Radio Interview Hornblower with Adam Tomlinson of BBC Radio York https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183217768 183217768 BBC Radio Interview Hornblower with Adam Tomlinson BBC Radio York https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183217769 183217769 Reporting to the Mayor of the day After Setting the Watch the Hornblower must report to the Mayor of the day at home or place of appointment to report that his duty is done by sounding the horn three times. Picture shows Mayor Cllr Mick Stanley 2013 - 2014 https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183986397 183986397 Charter Horn The Charter Horn given to the City of Ripon by Alfred the Great in 886 and was used to start the custom of Setting the Watch every night by three blast at the market cross to let the people know the Wakeman was on watch. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187239193 187239193 The Obelisk The floodlit Obelisk is a welcoming sight for visitors on an evening as they gather to see the ceremony of Setting the Watch. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187240118 187240118 https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187239999 187239999 Horn On Top of the Obelisk This horn is a sealed time capsule, and contains among other things Maundy money given to the City by the queen. Due to be opened after 100 years in 2086. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187240225 187240225 On Duty at the Obelisk Hornblower in action relating the city's history to the visitors.. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187240226 187240226 Reporting to the mayor When the watch is Set, the Hornblower has to report to the Mayor wherever he is and stand in front of him and give three blast of the horn to report that he has done his duty. Here seen at the Town Hall https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187240859 187240859 'The Christmas Watch' With the Christmas tree in sight https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187432692 187432692 'An ancient tradition' Black and White giving some atmosphere https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=187432691 187432691 Queen Mary's School Visit Girls from Queen Marys School pose for photos with the Hornblower and the Mayors Sergeant at the Obelisk on Ripon Market Square, Wednesday 14th May 2014. They had been given talk and a tour of the Town Hall and seen all the historic treasures including horns used throughout the centuries, the Mace and Mayoral Chains. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=192473515 192473515 Remembrance Sunday 9th Nov 2014 Hornblower and Deputies leading the civic procession from Spa park after the wreath laying service, then proceeding to the Cathedral for the full remembrance service. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=196399714 196399714 Remembrance Day 2014 Each year on Remembrance day the hornblower leads the civic procession through the City the Spa Park for the Wreath Laying Service, then to the Cathedral for a full Remembrance Day service. As an ex-serviceman he is always proud to be playing such a part in the day. https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=196312367 196312367 Showing the the City Motto Nice shot of the Hornblower in action showing the City motto in full across the front of the Town Hall https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=196520681 196520681 Obelisk Plaque The plaque on the obelisk listing the Hornblowers over the past 200 years https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198630630 198630630 Citizen Award 2015 George the Hornblower receives the Citizens Award on his retirement for his Stirling service and work as the RIPON CITY HORNBLOWER since 2004 AFTER THE HIS RETIREMENT IN 2015 THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SETTING THE WATCH AND OTHER DUTIES WILL NOW BE CARRIED OUT BY A TEAM ON A JOB SHARE BASIS. WILL IT THEREFORE BE RECORDED THAT GEORGE PICKLES WAS THE LAST SINGULARY HOLDER OF THE POST OF RIPON CITY HORNBLOWER.? https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198630631 198630631 The Wakemans Song Written and performed by Barry Sellers of Ripon https://the-ripon-hornblower.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=205768891 205768891