Town criers honour one of their own

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Three North Yorkshire town criers were part of a celebration in honour of one of their own at a Scarborough nursing home.

The town criers of Scarborough, Filey and Helmsley joined a party for former Scarborough town crier Alan Booth.

Alan, who lives at Saint Cecilia’s nursing home in Queen Margaret’s Road, was town crier for 31 years; a role that took him all over the world. He was national champion in 1988, 1989 and 1994 and European champion from 1990-92.

During the celebration, the three town criers each made a proclamation in Alan’s honour, with best wishes from other town criers, including one in Australia. Alan was presented with a framed photo of himself in action as town crier during an Armed Forces Day. Alan is an MBE.

At the celebration, he was joined by Scarborough town crier David Birdsall and his consort Veronica Dickinson, Filey town crier David Bull, Helmsley and Yorkshire Society town crier David Hinde and friends including former councillors Tom and Ros Fox, former civic officer Irene Webster and representatives of Scarborough Council and Scarborough Hospitality Association.

Nursing home owner Mike Padgham said: “Alan is a lovely man and we are delighted that his fellow town criers and friends were able to join us for a get-together.

“Alan is well known as a former Scarborough town crier and it is lovely that all the great work he did in that role was celebrated in this way”.