Buckingham’s Town Crier is retiring, and residents are invited to audition for the position at a public event this weekend.
A Town Crier performs an age-old and noble job. In the Middle Ages, their duties included policing, fire patrols, and public hangings. Fortunately, loud voice, diction, stance, and presence are sufficient these days.
The new Town Crier will hold the voluntary post for one year, after which there will be the option to make the appointment permanent.
The Town Crier will be required to attend all Buckingham Town Council civic events and will be invited to cry at other Town Council events, such as the opening of the Charter Fair, Music in the Market, Band jam and Christmas Lights Switch-on.
Trials for the post will take place at the flagpole outside Buckingham Community Centre at noon on Saturday, March 11, during the Buckingham Food Fair.
Participants will be given a pre-written speech to cry and will be judged by the Mayor of Buckingham Margaret Gateley and Cllr Fran Davies. The current Town Crier, Russell Cross, will also be on hand to give tips.
The exiting Town Crier, Russell Cross, said: “It has been an absolute honour to have fulfilled the role of Buckingham Town Crier since 2008. With a heavy heart, I feel the time has come to step aside and allow another member of our town to have the opportunity to take on the role. The endless support of the community over the years cannot be placed into words, but may I thank you all for your endless backing in keeping this important tradition at the heart of Buckingham’s history and heritage.
“I wish our new Town Crier every success for the future, and I will be joining the crowds to cheer you along at every opportunity. To Buckingham Town Council staff, councillors, mayors past and present, local residents and visitors to our town, God Save The King.”
Anyone interested in applying should get in touch with the council via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01280 816426. You can also visit the town council website for more information and to apply.
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