Oyez! Stafford Town Crier Peter Taunton finishes after 25 Years

Oyez! Stafford Town Crier Peter Taunton finishes after 25 Years

In a statement on his social media page, Peter Tauton has announced he is ending his role after 25 years as the Stafford Town Crier

Peter has served at 1000s of events across the town from Christmas Light Switch-Ons to Festivals

He has dedicated the last 25 years of his life to the honour of town crier and everyone from Stafford will remember him from a range of events over the years.

Peter and his Wife Maureen (pictured below) won best dressed crier and lady at a competition in 2008

Stafford FM has had the pleasure of working alongside Peter at many events over the years, he is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and we wish him all the best for the future

In order to gain the attention of the crowd, the crier would yell, “Hear ye” – “Oyez”. In medieval England, town criers were the chief means of news communication with the townspeople, since many were illiterate in a period before the moveable type was invented. Royal proclamations, local bylaws, market days, adverts, even selling loaves of sugar were all proclaimed by a bellman or crier throughout the centuries—at Christmas 1798, the Chester Canal Company sold some sugar damaged in their packet boat and this was to be advertised by the bellman

Many local councils in England and Wales reinstated the post of town crier in the mid 1990s. Many are honorary appointments or employed part-time by the council. In October 2010, there were 144 towns in England and Wales with town criers registered with the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers. They mainly perform ceremonial duties at civic functions. Local councils with a paid town crier often make them available for charity events.

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