Boskenwyn pupil chosen as jester's apprentice
2:00pm Saturday 11th August 2012 in News
After amusing her friends at Boskenwyn Primary School an eight-year-old schoolgirl is preparing to share her jokes with a larger audience in Falmouth.
Nell Scott-Bolton has been chosen as English Heritage’s Queen of Comedy in a countywide search for an apprentice for their national jester Peterkin. Nell was selected for her joke: “Why did the king go to the dentist? To have his teeth crowned!”
She will now perform live at one of Pendennis Castle’s Grand Medieval Joust events this August. Nell said: “I can’t believe I have won. I am so excited about meeting Peterkin and learning lots of silly tricks.”
The competition was run in a bid to raise the profile of the medieval jester and tap into the British public’s love of comedy.
English Heritage invited children from across the region to send in their best joke, fit for a King or Queen. Charlie Evans, English Heritage events manager for the west, said: “Lots of fantastic jokes were submitted and it was a close competition. In the end however, Nell Scott-Bolton’s joke just had us in fits of giggles.
“We’re thrilled that Nell has won our first ever jester’s apprentice competition. She will get a unique opportunity to learn some very foolish skills from our jester, the hilarious Peterkin, and be in the heart of the action at one of our most popular events of the year.”
Grand Medieval Joust events are now taking place at Pendennis Castle every Tuesday and Wednesday until August 22, from 11am to 5pm.