Terry Tozer has been appointed new Town Crier for Hailsham, following the retirement of Geoff Rowe after 12 years in the post.
Mr Tozer was selected by a recruitment panel which included the Town Mayor, Town Clerk and town councillors, and will assist the Town Council and its partners to promote important community events and special occasions.
The role of Town Crier was, since medieval times, one of the most important ways of spreading news and local bylaws, royal proclamations, market days, holidays and community events were all pronounced by a bellman or town crier.
Today, the role is a ceremonial one and Hailsham’s new town crier will assist by opening major town events, introducing guest dignitaries to the town and introducing an element of pageantry to special occasions.
Town Clerk John Harrison commented: “There are currently over 200 town criers in the UK representing towns and cities, communicating in the oldest method available, by word of mouth. I am pleased that Hailsham is one of these and is able to enhance the image of our market town by appointing a new town crier.”
“We were looking for someone with a jovial, friendly and courteous personality in addition to good knowledge and understanding of Hailsham as a historic market town. Terry was the ideal candidate for the role.”
Subject to availability, as well as promoting the town’s community events, market and festivities, the town crier can be hired by individuals, groups, schools or commercial ventures for events and official openings, as well as charity events.
If you are interested in hiring the Town Crier to promote your event, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terry Hall, Communications & Public Information Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
Telephone: 01323 841702 | Email: email@example.com