King of Chit

PUBLISHED: 16:08 12 September 2008 | UPDATED: 11:08 17 June 2010

King of Chit Mike Bennett.

King of Chit Mike Bennett.

A NEW King of Chit has been crowned at The Swan Inn, Sidmouth. Mike Bennett received the traditional blue cloak and crown at the annual bank holiday ceremony, taking over the royal position from Andy Downham.

A NEW King of Chit has been crowned at The Swan Inn, Sidmouth.

Mike Bennett received the traditional blue cloak and crown at the annual bank holiday ceremony, taking over the 'royal' position from Andy Downham.

A former 'black rod' winner, keen fisherman Mike, from Vicarage Road, said: "I am thrilled to be the new king."

In the ceremonial handover of regalia, Andy said the following rhyming tribute: "I am, Andy Downham, your outgoing king. I wish the luck and the fame your new rule will bring.

"I've appeared in the Herald not once, but twice, but fame and the fortune all comes at a price.

"It has been great to behead of this town, and now is the time to hand on my crown.

"I wish you my looks, my wealth and my glory, and so bring an end to this endless story.

"It is to Mike Bennett, I'm really not fooling, to hand over my robes, my crown and my ruling."

Another rhyme was read during the ceremony, which was attended by past kings, including former landlord Jack Stokes.

It describes Mr Bennett's qualities, including those in his role as Postman Pat for children's events.

Mr Bennett has received support in the town as part of a group keen to see a small quay at Port Royal to enable small boats to have somewhere to shelter.


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