Russ is Sidmouth’s new King of Chit

PUBLISHED: 10:04 21 September 2011 | UPDATED: 10:04 21 September 2011

Pictured L to R are outgoing king Andy Downham, Mike Dibble, Russell Bess, Stuart Hammond, Mike Bennett and Adrian Ricketts.

Pictured L to R are outgoing king Andy Downham, Mike Dibble, Russell Bess, Stuart Hammond, Mike Bennett and Adrian Ricketts.

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NEWLY-crowned King of Chit, Russell Bess, was delighted to take up the regal role after being chosen by the Golden Goose.

“It’s a great honour,” said self-employed electrician Russell, 48, of High Street, Sidford, after he was crowned at The Swan Inn - the home of the tradition.

“It’s all done in good humour,” added Russell.

“We’ve got to keep these traditions going. It was a complete surprise, but I’m happy to do it.”

One of Russell’s first duties was to present Black Rod fishing awards at the Swan Inn, where he is a regular, on Sunday.

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