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Shakespeare’s jester William Kempe’s historical 1600 journey from London to Norwich has been recreated

PUBLISHED: 12:56 06 May 2015 | UPDATED: 14:07 06 May 2015

Rick Jones official entrance into Norwich dancing 108 miles from London to City Hall,Norwich following the route of Shakespeares jester, William Kempe accompanied by other Kemp's Men and Whifflers.

He was then greeted by the Lord Mayor, Judith Lubbock.
before recreating Kempe fleeing from the crowds by jumping over the wall of the St. Johns Maddermarket.

Rick Jones official entrance into Norwich dancing 108 miles from London to City Hall,Norwich following the route of Shakespeares jester, William Kempe accompanied by other Kemp's Men and Whifflers. He was then greeted by the Lord Mayor, Judith Lubbock. before recreating Kempe fleeing from the crowds by jumping over the wall of the St. Johns Maddermarket.

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A 108-mile Morris-dance undertaken in 1600 by Shakespeare’s jester William Kempe from London to Norwich has been recreated.

Rick Jones, 58, followed in Kempe’s footsteps ahead of celebrations for the 400th Shakespeare anniversary next year and finished in the city this morning.

Mr Jones, a UEA graduate, undertook the journey known as the Nine Daies Wonder which consisted of jestering and prancing along the route.

A group of Whifflers and Morris-dancers met Mr Jones at the St Stephens Roundabout at 9.30am this morning where they headed along St Stephens Street, stopping traffic in the process.

“I have wanted to embark on this ever since I was a student at the UEA and first learnt to the Nine Daies Wonder.”

“Police were called along the route as drivers alerted them to a man dancing along the A134,” Mr Jones said.

“My highlight has been arriving in Norwich, a Fine City.”

His journey began at Southwark cathedral, where he was joined by a fellow UEA graduate, comedian and writer, Arthur Smith.

From there, he danced through Romford, Brentwood, Chemsford, Braintree, Long Melford, Bury St Edmunds, Thetford, Hingham, and finally on to Norwich.

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