Nightwatchmen in the old Ebeltoft

The night watchman keeps his watch
The night watchmen are known far back in time from all the country's market towns, thus also from Ebeltoft, where they were mentioned for the first time in the late 1600s. In 1761, in conjunction with the introduction of a compulsory fire-fighting service in all of the countrys market towns, it was also decided that the towns should have night watchmen. The watchmen should be responsible for lighting and extinguishing the street lamps, maintain peace and order and, in addition, ensure that fire did not break out. Every hour they should patrol the streets and cry out the time.

It is quite desirable to be a night watchman in Ebeltoft, so you can meet the same guards season after season. The old verses are sung throughout the summer period 30 June - 12 August at 8 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm on the stairs in front of the Old Town Hall.

Along the way, the night watchmen also sing at different restaurants.

The night watchmen can be ordered through Destination Djursland to perform at weddings, family and company parties, or other gatherings where you want a festive feature that is typical of Ebeltoft.

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8400 Ebeltoft


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