Holyport Fair

I really enjoyed yesterday at Holyport fair. It was their 70th anniversary and the turnout felt like the biggest I’ve ever seen in the village. Activities included bowling for a pig (which was a feature of the very first Holyport fair), A coconut shy, a huge antique roundabout and a display of classic cars. The…

The excitement is building

Spent two hours with Windsor St George Rotarians today raising awareness of their free blood pressure checks. George the friendly dragon was out with us too, and frightened far fewer passers by, than I did. Thankfully most people weren’t scared off by either of us and I got plenty  of enquiries about the timetable for…

Town crier and John Perry, landlord

Why was the Town Crier important?

Or,¬†what can town criers of the past still teach us about marketing today? In days past (that’s a beautifully non-specific phrase) almost every town had a paid crier whose job was to let the people know about important news. The definition of ‘important’ being things they wanted to know as well as things other people…

The Bandstand

Last week I suffered from a bout of tonsillitis. Not the greatest thing for the Town crier. However by the weekend the penicillin was starting to take effect and on Sunday afternoon I went to Windsor’s Alexandra Park to help out as master of ceremonies for the opening of the new bandstand. It was a…

castle crier

Her Majesty the Queen

She didn’t want a big fuss made, but accepted that the milestone of becoming the nations longest serving monarch would be a note able event. I, along with about 150 other Town criers around the country prepared proclamations and at 5.30pm I was met by a small crowd and local press, outside Windsor Castle. The…