I usually shout at earache inducing volumes but that wouldn’t have been appropriate at the weekend when I visited the residents of a care home near Marlow. I had been asked to come and give a talk on being the town crier and was slightly apprehensive because this would be my first time delivering a structured talk on the topic to grown ups.

I need not have been nervous because the welcome I got was very warm, with everyone eager to put me at my ease and then listen attentively while I wittered on for about an hour.

The talk covered the history of crying, the livery, how I became the crier for the Royal Borough and plenty of stories from my experiences ‘behind the bell’.

I am definitely looking forward to the next invitation as more experienced audiences like this ask much more interesting questions than “are you a pirate?”

Thanks to everyone who make it such an enjoyable afternoon.