MBE and war medals of Scarborough's former town crier Alan Booth go up for auction

The MBE awarded to a former Scarborough town crier is going under the hammer at an auction in Ryedale.

By George Buksmann
Monday, 22nd February 2021, 4:27 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd February 2021, 4:44 pm

Alan Booth was the town crier in Scarborough for 31 years and passed away last October, with this lot being auctioned off by his family.

The MBE was awarded to Mr Booth in 2005 for his years of service as Scarborough town crier. An RAF veteran, he auditioned for the position of town crier after his return in 1968.

Mr Booth was a well-known ambassador for Scarborough with his work taking him across the world to promote the town.

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Mr Booth's MBE and war medals are going up for auction.

Lot 80 includes the MBE, associated certification, and other medals including his Malayan Campaign medal and Freedom of the Borough of Scarborough Certificate, which was bestowed on him in 1999, in its silver presentation case is estimated to reach between £400 and £600.

The items are being auctioned at Ryedale Auctioneers, Kirkbymoorside on March 4.

Mr Booth was national town crier champion in 1988, 1989 and 1994 and European champion from 1990 to 1992,

The sale begins at 10am with buyers able to bid live online, or leave absentee bids via the auctioneers. Visit ryedaleauctioneers.com for more information on the sale.

Alan Booth was Scarborough's town crier for 31 years.
Mr Booth's Freedom of the Borough certificate is up for auction.