Traditional Town Crier Services Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions.

If you would like more information about Town Criers and what duties they provide this page contains a list of all the most frequently asked questions and their answers, so you should be able to find an answer to your question/s, if you cannot find the answer to your question then please feel free to get in touch you can find all of Colin’s contact details here on the Contact page.

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Traditional Town Crier FAQ’s

What is a Town Crier?

Traditionally he is the early newspaper – since Medieval times the King and Lords of the Manor used a ‘Bellman’ to go out and give their information. The ‘Crier’ title replaced the bellman in some parts because he ‘cried’ out loud. A colourful costume made him stand out in the crowd and along with the bell ring he attracted the people to hear the news.

After the ‘reading’ the Town Crier ‘posted the notice’ on a nearby tree or post for the educated to read for themselves. There’s lots more history, why not make a booking for a group, school or association and hear much more, if you would like to get in touch to make an enquiry you can find all of Colin’s contact details here on the Contact page.

Who is the Town Crier?

He or she, in more modern times, is the colourful character who wants to proclaim the benefits of the area in which they live. Colin W Ballard is proud to extol the virtues of Lytham and St Anne’s. With his flamboyant uniform and heavy bell he undertakes to shout with clarity information regarding the area from Council, associations or societies.

How is a Town Crier appointed?

Following his enquiry regarding the position and discovery that the previous incumbent, Eddie Bowkett, had retired 10 years earlier Colin was invited to audition with the Lancashire Day Proclamation. The Squire of the Manor of Lytham and St Anne’s Council members listened attentively and approved his delivery.

On 20th December 2011 at a St Anne’s Council meeting he was presented with a scroll of appointment and registered himself with The Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers in order to gain more knowledge, experience and advice from more experienced members.

What does a Town Crier actually do?

The Town Crier leads the Local ‘Club Day’, ‘Carnival’ and other festive events. He represents the ‘Squire’ and Council at official functions. He announced the departure of the Olympic Torch from Royal Lytham Golf Club, proclaimed the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration Events in many areas of the towns and at Lytham Hall. He acted as M. C. for the Armed Forces Day Flag Raising and agreement signing ceremony.

Colin W Ballard also provides lectures regarding the history, style and development of the role of Town Crier. You will view a ‘powerpoint’ presentation and handle artefacts. Colin can be booked for the provision of business announcements and declarations, if you would like to get in touch to make an enquiry you can find all of Colin’s contact details here on the Contact page.

Where and when can I see the Town Crier?

Colin W Ballard is now regularly seen and heard around both Lytham and St Anne’s tipping his tricorne hat and greeting residents and visitors alike before and after his announcements. He also delivers the Lancashire Proclamation on 27th November each year and he will announce and be present for the annual Christmas lights switch on, St Anne’s Carol Service.

Can I book his services?

Yes, if you would like to engage Colin please feel free to get in touch with him to discuss your requirements and needs for your event. You can find all of Colin’s contact details here on the Contact page, please use the method that you find easiest such as telephone or email and Colin will call back or reply to your email as soon as possible.

What will he do?

He will advertise your event/ function/opening/ceremony etc. He will declare your intention to the surrounding area with bell introduction and then stupendous clarity of voice with enormous volume.

What will it cost?

Depending upon event type, length of time required, travel and expenses it is not possible to set a fixed fee, BUT please feel free to get in touch and ask any questions – you will benefit from the service. You can find all of Colin’s contact details here on the Contact page, please use the method that you find easiest such as telephone or email and Colin will call back or reply to your email as soon as possible.

What are his credentials and affiliations?

Colin W Ballard is registered and a current member of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers, Colin also holds a CRB (enhanced) certificate and First Aid at Work certificate too.

The Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers mission statement: "Promoting Prestigious public pronouncements Proud to preserve and protect our heritage by proclamation".

Colin W Ballard; Town Crier to the Manor of Lytham and St Anne’s affirms this statement.

More Information Professional Town Crier & Toastmaster Services

You can find more detailed information about the services that Colin provides on the Town Crier Services and the Toastmaster Services pages, if you would like to get in touch to ask a question or make an enquiry you can find all of Colin’s contact details here on the Contact page.

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