Noontime Cannon of Nice

canon du chateau chez pipo

Interesting facts:

  • In some versions of the story Tom is called Thomas Coventry-More and in others just Thomas Coventry.  In some he is Scottish and in some he is English.
  • Tom would go to the top of the hotel where he stayed on rue Chauvin and run a ball up a flagpole as a signal to fire the cannon.
  • On April 1 the signal is traditionally set off one hour early as an April fools joke.

Interesting French sites:

  • Chez Pipo – is a restaurant in the old town that has lots of info about the history of Nice, including the cannon.
  • Video from France 3 about the cannon.
  • Nice Matin article about the man who sets off the firework.

To read my article click HERE:British Cannon fire over Nice



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