City of Lincoln Waites - Recreated
18 December 2008
The words of the Lincoln Christmas Proclamation, known as "Crying Christmas" were written down in 1564. In 2008, 444 years later, the procession consisted of the City Drummers; The City Banner; The Masters, fellows and company of Waits of the City of Lincoln; foreign Waites from King's Lynn and Colchester; Councillor Ron Hills and Mrs. Sue Hills, Mayor and Mayoress of Lincoln; The Mayors Officer, Mr. Joe Cooke MBE; The Gild of Freemen of Lincoln were our "Javalin Men" and The Retinue of Sir Thomas Lord Burgh KG provided the Guard. On this occasion, the Three Senatours were Al Garrod, Master of the City of Lincoln Waites; Master Williamson, Captain of the Guard; and Master Mason, Steward to Lord Burgh's Household (the Senatours are the three characters representing the Three Wise Men, who deliver the proclamation). Prior to leaving Newport Arch, the Master of the Gild of Freemen read a description of the event, written in 1480 and Father Richard, a Gilbertine Priest, blessed the proceedings before and after. On arrival at the Guildhall all participants were invited inside to meet Mr. Mayor, the Lady Mayoress, The Sheriff and the Sheriff's Lady.
[We are so fortunate in Lincoln, to be able to successfully revive an event like "Crying Christmas". To have so much support from so many people is wonderful. My thanks to all who took part or contributed in any way - Al.]
- Patron: The Mayor of Lincoln -