Welsh Town’s First Official Jester in 700 Years

The Welsh town of Conwy has appointed its first official jester in 700 years. After making him juggle daggers blindfolded and woo residents with snazzy tricks, Russel Erwood, 34, was named the “Erwyd le Fol,” He has some very antiquated shoes to fill. The town’s previous jester — Tom le Fol — was appointed by King Edward I of England. But it’s not all fun and games. The work is serious business. Nowadays the job description is closer to tourist attraction than court harlequin. Erwood will have to perform tricks for townspeople and put on two shows a day, three days a week until Aug. 29.

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