Busking Bishop

Markets are unusual places – stall holders produce a variety of goods that one may or may not find in the local shops. North Walsham market on a Thursday morning is no exception.

I encountered a gentleman in a dazzling looking outfit who I suspect must have been the town crier. There also seemed to be an ear wandering around – which turned out to be an advertisement for a chain of spectacle manufacturers (yea the association defeated me as well.)

However a Bishop busking was not something most of the shoppers and the market traders had bargained for.

Bishop Jonathan Meyrick, the Bishop of Lynn, was in full flow once the market got going. Two pop songs of yesteryear – “Happy Together” by the Turtles and “Words” from the Bee Gees (of course your remember them). Aided and abetted by computer controlled music and a very handy sound system, he certainly made it a Wednesday market to remember. No doubt a busker to be reckoned with.

But sadly we were only allowed two songs followed by a brisk tour of the area. Then his two clerical minders whisked him off on the next stop of what was described as his Deanery tour.

Terrific style and a great gig Bishop but too short! Next time remember the collecting bag.

Bishop learns the market rules about singing from Nigel Clarke the Market Manager