Newton Abbot's town crier to hang up his bell after 25 years

By DanielClark | Posted: July 04, 2017

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Newton Abbot's town crier is set to retire after more than 25 years in the role. Ken Purchase has been the Newton Abbot town crier since 1991 — but he has decided the time is right to retire and will be hanging up his bell in April 2018.

He said: "I have been doing this for 25 years, and have been all over the country, and have been an ambassador for Newton Abbot.

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"I became a town crier 25 years ago and from that day my life has changed for the better. I have been fortunate to travel up and down the country in competitions and I have had a wonderful time doing it, but I will be hanging up my bell next August.

"Anyone can put their name forward as it is a wonderful job and it is very enjoyable to do. I'm really proud to be an ambassador of the town but the time has come to look for someone to take over from me."

Anyone interested in the post should contact Newton Abbot Town Council on 01626 201120.

The forerunner to newspapers, town crying dates back centuries and is an early form of relaying newsworthy items to the public.

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