Yorkshire city’s mayor encourages women to apply for part-time role in tradition that goes back over 1,000 years

Ripon is on the lookout for someone to fill the centuries-old role of hornblower, with the mayor calling on women to apply to become the first female in the job in living memory.

A hornblower has performed a nightly ritual in the Yorkshire city’s market square for more than 1,000 years, wearing a historic uniform and blowing the instrument four times as the clock strikes nine.

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