Oyez! Could you be the next town crier?

Scarborough Town Crier Alan Booth retires . Ringing the bell for the final time.Pic Richard Ponter 152514f
Scarborough Town Crier Alan Booth retires . Ringing the bell for the final time.Pic Richard Ponter 152514f

The search is under way for Scarborough’s new town crier - and applicants are being asked to come forward.

Following the retirement of Alan Booth MBE, after 31 years of dedicated service, Scarborough Council is calling on anyone interested in taking up the honorary position to apply and take part in an outdoor public audition in front of a judging panel on Friday October 9.

When asked about what qualities are most needed to make a good town crier, Alan Booth MBE, who will be on the judging panel, said: “Ultimately, we’ll be looking for someone that wants to do the job for the love of the town and the borough. They should always have the best interests of the area at heart.

“As well as the obvious skill of loud hailing, a town crier has to demonstrate exemplary behaviour at all times and be smart in appearance.

They must like meeting people, engaging in conversation with young and old and listening to others. A good knowledge of the area’s history, culture and attractions would be a distinct advantage although they should also be willing to learn on the job.”

At the audition, each candidate will have to hail two announcements, one written by the judging panel, which will be provided to candidates in advance and one that the candidate has personally written for the occasion.

The winning candidate will be provided with a new town crier uniform, which will be designed and made by creative art students at Yorkshire Coast College, with fabric provided by Boyes.

To apply or find out more, call 01723 232323 or email irene.webster@scarborough.gov.uk by September 30.