Shout goes out for town crier to be appointed

PUBLISHED: 11:17 27 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 31 May 2010

OYEZ Oyez Oyez! could become a familiar cry in Saffron Walden as councillors are considering the appointment of a town crier. The ceremonial figure with a booming voice has traditionally been used to make public announcements in the street. Member of

OYEZ Oyez Oyez!" could become a familiar cry in Saffron Walden as councillors are considering the appointment of a town crier.

The ceremonial figure with a booming voice has traditionally been used to make public announcements in the street.

Member of Uttlesford Recorders, Gordon Ridgewell, approached Saffron Walden Town Council (SWTC) over the appointment of a crier to try and promote events happening in the town.

"The Uttlesford Recorders are holding a history fair in the town hall on March 29 and I hope that a town crier will encourage more people to attend," said Mr Ridgewell. "Originally we had contacted Dunmow's town crier, Richard Harris, but unfortunately he was already booked."

Saffron Walden has had a town crier in the past and Mr Ridgewell believes the position brings a sense of occasion and ceremony to the town. He added that it was difficult to let people know what was happening in the town hall and next year it could be even harder.

"The history fair is right in the middle of the Market Square redevelopment work," said Mr Ridgewell. "There will be less people in the town because the market is being moved for about three months."

Speaking at a SWTC meeting last Wednesday, town clerk Malcolm White said he would research the issue to see if there would be a cost to the council.

"The position exists in Great Dunmow and the town crier is paid directly by the people who want him to promote their events," he said. "We might have to pay for the costume."

Criers traditionally wear a red and gold costume with white breeches, a hat and carry a hand bell to attract attention.

Do you think Saffron Walden should appoint a town crier? Would it be a benefit to the community? Let us know by emailing alistair.nelson@archant.co.uk

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