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A Message From Katie

Hi Everyone!

What a glorious summer we’ve had, I do hope you’ve enjoyed it too!

Because my new book, not yet finished, takes place in the Yorkshire Dales, Brian and I spent some time there earlier in the year and we were bowled over by the beauty of the countryside and the friendliness of the people.  We were told we really must visit Ripon Market Square where we would see the Wakeman perform the ceremony of the Charter Horn, which has been performed there for more than a thousand years.   It was fascinating; dead on nine pm the Wakeman arrives, clad in his frock coat and tricorn hat.  He blows his horn at the four corners of the market cross before bowing to the Mayors house, doffing his hat and saying “Mr Mayor, the watch is set.” 

We also spent time in our caravan on Anglesey where the kids bathed in the sea, explored the rock pools and exercised Holly and Simon’s big lurchers, Sparky and Snoopy.  I don’t know who enjoyed this holiday the most, us, the kids or the dogs, though if I had to put money on it I’d say it was the dogs!

But unfortunately the British weather cannot be relied upon, so next Spring we’re off on a family holiday to the Canary Islands for a ten day break; what a hard life writers do lead. 

All best wishes,

Katie Flynn

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