Stalwart returns as town Bellman

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For more than a month mystery had surrounded the future of Bridlington’s town crier, following his shock resignation in March.

But bellowing for Bridlington once again, David Hinde has returned and has been appointed to the resurrected role of Bellman of Bridlington Old Town.

He said: “I want to thank everyone including the Free Press who sent messages of thanks and appreciation for all I’ve achieved in Bridlington.

“I’m delighted to be back in Old Town assisting the Old Town Association with my town crying as The Bellman of Bridlington Old Town and, of course, to lead the 1940s Festival in June.”

Donning a brand new garb that set him back more than £2,000, David is excited to get back to what he does best – bellowing for Bridlington and promoting the town at events all over the country.

And following on from his appearance in the Dad’s Army movie, the popular ambassador for the town has been approached by a number of other local authorities as an independent, commercial town crier.

He added: “I’ve also recently commissioned Steve Lilly, who is the ‘artist in residence’ at the Dad’s Army Museum, to complete a portrait of me as ‘The Walmington-on-Sea town crier’ and it is available online as a collectable character portrait.

David’s new role as the Bellman of Bridlington dates back to 1681, where the first record of a town crier in the Feoffees Manorial Records reads: “Twopence for the market bellman”.