Russ is Sidmouth’s new King of Chit

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.