Oyez, oyez, town crier wanted

Bridlington Needs a Town Cryer'Pictured with the Driffield Town Cryer Cyril Marsburg'PA1143-1
Bridlington Needs a Town Cryer'Pictured with the Driffield Town Cryer Cyril Marsburg'PA1143-1
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BRIDLINGTON Town Council have enlisted the help of Driffield’s Town Crier in a search for someone to fill the role in the town.

Mayor Cyril Marsburg is hoping to find an unpaid volunteer to take up crying duties at civic functions in Bridlington.

Now he has been supported by Driffield Crier Brian Fairfield, who has encouraged people in the town to take up a role he describes as “an absolute honour”.

Brian, who has been performing the role for around eight years, said that alongside the eight official engagements he performs for Driffield Town Council every year, he gets to “meet lots of different, interesting people” while appearing in his role at other events in aid of local charities and clubs.

He said: “The role of the crier is about much more than simply shouting ‘hear ye, hear ye’ in the streets, it is a privilege and an honour to be part of this ancient and honourable tradition, and to be able to promote your town through varied civic occasions and functions.

“I think Bridlington would benefit greatly. I am here to offer advice to anyone interested in the post and I urge anyone thinking of applying to contact Bridlington Town Council to discuss the role.

“The role of the Town Crier is still a position of the Royal Court. It would suit a retired or semi retired person, somebody who enjoys getting out and meeting lots of new people.”

Town Criers date back to 1066 and the Battle of Hastings, when William the Conqueror had men go out and announce his victory in the local towns.

It is believed the role predates this time however, as they are depicted on the Bayeaux Tapestry.

Mayor Cyril Marsburg said: “Bridlington is the largest town and holiday resort in the whole of the East Riding.

“We have not had a Town Crier in Bridlington for a long time, he or she would enhance our image as a premier holiday resort and promote the town.”

Beverley, Filey, Market Weighton and Scarborough all have a Town Crier, and now the Town Council is hoping that Bridlington can enjoy the same.

The role would be an honorary position, and the right person would have a clear, loud voice, an eloquent turn of phrase and would certainly not be a shrinking violet.

The council would provide the appropriate attire at very little cost to rate payers.

If you think you are up to the challenge of shouting up for Bridlington, or would like to speak to Brian for further advice, then contact the Town Council on 01262 409006.