No joke as jester role revived after 350 years

If
you are the office joker, perhaps it’s time you considered a move to court
jester, with English Heritage advertising the post for the first time since
1649.

The
appropriate candidate "must be mirthful and prepared to work summer
weekends in 2005. Must have own outfit (with bells). Bladder on stick provided
if required", according to the job description.

The
position of court jester was abolished after the execution of Charles I by
republican Oliver Cromwell.

Tracy
Borman, events director at English Heritage, said: “It is about time we had a
jester again. This will be the first jester to be employed by the state for
hundreds of years… there is no reason not to bring it back now."

Auditions
will be held on 7 August at the Festival of History in Stoneleigh Park,
Warwickshire.

By Michael Millar

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