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Town Criers Day - A Special Celebration in July

Updated on July 2, 2016

Nowadays the latest happenings and events all over the world are at our fingertips. We can read them and come to know of anything and everything so very quickly. We can get information on politics, education, entertainment, finance, health, medicine, catastrophes, bizarre happenings, etc., across the world. Today, there are many sources of daily news.

Today we can -

  • read newspapers or magazines
  • listen to the news on the radio
  • watch the news on TV
  • look up the internet

Thanks to the creative mind of human beings and the latest technology developments. This was not the case in olden ages. July 9th is Town Criers Day dedicated to the Town Crier, who was responsible for spreading the news in ancient times.

Town Crier
Town Crier

Who are Town Criers?

In Medieval England, Town Criers or Bellmen were responsible for spreading news across the town. July 9th is declared as the Town Criers Day as a tribute to Town Criers.

The Town Crier was responsible for informing people in the town about the latest news from the ruling class to the ordinary people. This way people got to know about the decisions made by the ruling class, how it was going to affect them and the repercussion of the decisions made.

Nowadays there is no need for a Town Crier. The Town Criers role is taken up by the news media. On July 9th people are encouraged to take responsibility to spread important events and happenings in their town.

town mayor
town mayor

Town Crier Day - Interesting facts

High Wycombe is a town in the UK. In this town, there was a tradition called, "weighing the mayor". The mayor was weighed before and after their term. This tradition started in 1978 when people were furious because the public officials were stealing their money. They strongly felt that they did not deserve to become fat off the stolen money.

So, they decided to weigh the mayor before his term and after his term is over to find out if the mayor had gained any weight. Even today the mayor is weighed, and the Town Crier cries out "And no more" if the mayor has not gained weight. The Town Crier cries out "Some More" if the mayor has gained weight.

A Town Crier attracted the attention of people by ringing a bell and shouting "Oyez. Oyez, Oyez" which means "hear ye".

Town Crier

Town Crier ringing the bell
Town Crier ringing the bell

How to become a Town Crier

Chester Town Crier on Virgin Train - Cheshire, England, UK

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

      @TransplantedSoul: Transplanted Soul, yes it does serve an important purpose of spreading the word.

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      TransplantedSoul 3 years ago

      I could not do this as a job - but it serves an important purpose.

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

      @Loretta L: Lovelifelaughter thank you for stopping by. I am reminded of Pied the Piper, if I remember correctly there was a Town Crier in that story!!!

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      What an excellent lens. A really informative and unusual subject. I do know about Town Criers as I live in the UK, but there was still stuff here I didn't know. Informative and interesting.

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 5 years ago from Dubai

      @Melissa Miotke: melissamio thank you, am glad you liked my lens.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      This was really interesting. I love educational lenses.