PENARTH SIGNS UP NEW TOWN CRIER – BUT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS

Peter Taunton of the Loyal Company of Town Criers is to provide his services at the Penarth Christmas Festival

Peter Taunton of the Loyal Company of Town Criers is to provide his services at the Penarth Christmas Festival

Penarth Town Council is appointing a new town crier – especially for this year’s Christmas Festival.

Penarth's 1996-2008 Town Crier Peter Hill

Penarth’s 1996-2008 Town Crier Peter Hill

The appointment is being made following a recommendation by members of Penarth Council’s “Strategic Review Group” – and a formal report submitted to councillors by the Town Clerk .

Penarth Urban District Council – the powerful predecessor of the current Town Council – had  secured the services of a town crier in the 19th century.

Over a century later,  in 1996, a Penarth Town Crier competition was held in the Kymin to find a new town crier at which would-be criers were auditioned and awarded points on the basis of “volume, diction and poise”.

As a result Mr Peter Hill was appointed Penarth’s Town Crier and held the post for 12 years.

Town Crier Dave Horgan leads the Carnival procession to the Esplanade

Town Crier Dave Horgan  (Town Crier  2008 – 2015)  leads the Carnival procession to the Esplanade

When Mr Hill retired,  Mr Dave Horgan was appointed his successor in 2008 and held the post until stepping down in September last year .

The council’s report says that “historically town criers – or bellmen as they were sometimes called – were the original newsmen“. The tradition – the Town Clerk explains – dates back to the Spartan Runners of the early Greek Empire and goes on to say that the cry “Oyez-oyez”  is French for “listen“.

In order to “lend an element of pageantry” the services of the new Town Crier for the 2016 Christmas Festival have been obtained by arrangement with Mr Taunton of the Loyal Company of Town Criers.

Mr Taunton and his wife have been engaged at a cost of £300 will both attend the Christmas Festival  dressed in authentic 1770s attire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Responses to PENARTH SIGNS UP NEW TOWN CRIER – BUT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS

  1. Clare morgan says:

    Another waste of council money #sortthecemetryout

  2. Anne Greagsby says:

    Hear ye, hear ye labour party madness! No money for flowers for the roundabout but have for a town cryer! What’s he got to shout about? In the 19th century he would have been shouting in Welsh!

  3. Georgie says:

    Absolute waste of money feel sure they could have found someone locally who would have done the task for no fee. This really should be cancelled immediately. The Christmas Festival only last a couple of hours a horrendous hourly rate. No flower, no pot holes filled, Penarth residents are badly represented by their Council. Shame on you

  4. Ben says:

    I don’t know why people are being so churlish. It’s a nice tradition having a town crier. The council can’t do anything right. What’s the matter with you?

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