Conwy jester to take new job 'seriously'
Getting a new job is no laughing matter unless you are willing to make a fool of yourself in Conwy.
That is exactly what Erwyd le Fol (aka Russell Erwood) has agreed to do by becoming the town's first jester-in-residence since the 13th Century.
The 34-year-old will have a naming ceremony on 2 August before starting his jester japes.
Paid for by the town's chamber of trade, he will attend functions wearing a hat with donkey ears.
He will be performing at a number of official functions in the area such as its local seed and honey fairs plus other civic dates.
Castle's first fool
- In the winter of 1294-95, King Edward I was besieged by the Welsh at Conwy, forcing him to stay within the castle's walls in the town
- Edward's personal jester, Tom le Fol, stayed at the castle throughout the three-month siege, entertaining all who lived there
- 720 years later, Conwy appoints a new jester-in-residence, Erwyd le Fol
Mr le Fol, who moved to Conwy from London in October, said: "If there's a town in the world that should have a jester it's Conwy.
"There's a castle, there's walls, there's even a knight shop selling armour, so it's only right there is a jester.
"The locals and the tourists love it and I love it. The reaction has been amazing.
"Being a fool is great. I'm taking my job seriously, well as serious as a jester can.
"My life is making people smile and it's amazing I get to do it every day."