Wimborne Minster’s much-loved Quarter Jack is being brought to life as the figurehead for the new Wimborne History Festival, and people are being asked to find a name for this colourful character.
Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown has generously drawn a number of images of the Quarter Jack for the Festival. One will be used as the Festival’s logo and the remainder used in marketing and publicity.
Wimborne’s original Quarter Jack can be found on the West Tower of the town’s gracious Minster Church. Carved by a Blandford craftsman for ten shillings in 1612, he was originally a monk before being repainted as a Grenadier Guard during the Napoleonic Wars.
With thrilling re-enactments bringing both the town and the festival site at Lake Gates alive over the weekend of 16 and 17 July, people are going to see a lot of the colourful new ‘Quarter Jack’, and festival organisers would like you to get involved and give him a name. Perhaps he has a first and last name, perhaps he is just known by one? What would be in keeping with his heritage and with Wimborne?
Tickets for the festival will be on sale shortly but if you would like to beat the rush and win family tickets (two adults and up to three children) to this amazing new living history showcase, put on your thinking caps and email your suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for entries is Friday 20 May. The winning entry will be chosen by illustrator Martin Brown and De Ashton, a churchwarden at the Minster.
Post edited on 28 April as follows: The organisers of this competition wish to make it clear that the name they are seeking is for the Wimborne History Festival’s logo character (inspired by the Quarter Jack). They are not asking people to rename the existing historic Quarter Jack.