BRIDLINGTON town council has something to shout about – quite literally.
For after a century, the resort has now appointed a town crier, David Hinde, 55, a marketing manager, who was chosen by a panel of town councillors and other town criers from across East Yorkshire.
Mayor Coun Cyril Marsburg first started the search last October believing it would be a boost to Bridlington, the largest town and holiday resort in the East Riding.
Coun Marsburg said at last week’s full town council meeting: “I’ve been campaigning for a town crier for years as I think it will be of great benefit to the town.
“We have not had a Town Crier in Bridlington for a long time, I am glad to introduce Mr Hinde who will enhance our image as a premier holiday resort.
“The candidates had a cry off outside the town council offices and this chap was absolutely outstanding, I heard reports that he could be heard from Tesco. He’s larger than life – you need to be; there’s no point in being a shrinking violet.”
Beverley, Filey, Market Weighton and Scarborough all have a Town Crier, and now the Town Council is hoping that Bridlington can enjoy the same.
Mr Hinde, a bass baritone, who has played many roles in amateur dramatics and operatics, including the innkeeper in Barnaby Rudge, is now looking forward to a busy year assisting the Mayor with his civic duties: “Everybody told me that I’d make a good town crier because of my voice. It is such an honour – the role has a long heritage dating back to William the Conqueror and it’s long overdue for a town like Bridlington.
“I’m interested in history and heritage and passionate about the environment.”
Mr Hinde’s costume of green frockcoat, gold waistcoat with black breeches and a tricorn hat with a white feather will cost the town council between £300 and £400, and will be ready in time for his first public appearance in April.
Mr Hinde had a recent solo role with Opera North in their Community Opera ‘Beached’ at the Spa, and has appeared with both the York and the Malton Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society in productions such as The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, and South Pacific.
Mr Hinde, who is originally from Manchester but moved to Yorkshire in 1989, is currently rehearsing with Driffield Musical Theatre Group for their production of The Pajama Game which is being staged in April.
He has four daughters and currently lives with his wife Ann in Bempton.