King of Chit crowned at Sidmouth pub

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Bank holiday Monday saw Sidmouth’s new King of Chit crowned at The Swan Inn.

The ceremony, which dates back more than 120 years, saw a popular – and aptly named – choice for the role.

John King was revealed as royalty by the ‘Golden Goose’.

He said: “I am delighted to be chosen for this auspicious event. The last time I was chosen for anything, it was to go down the mine!”

His duties start with judging the Black Rod fishing competition in September.


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John is pictured with previous kings Mike Bennet, Stuart Hammond, Gary Woods, Adrian Ricketts, who is the pub’s landlord, Bob Williams and Andy Downham.

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