Calls for new crier

“HEAR ye, hear ye” – the Jacaranda Festival Committee is on the lookout for a new town crier.

Roy Bowling retired from the position last year after serving as Grafton's town crier for 25 years.

Describing himself as an “old bushman”, Mr Bowling said the time had come to “let someone else have a go”.

“The best part about being the town crier at the festival is meeting a lot of interesting people and talking to all the Jacaranda Queen candidates,” he said.

“I encourage anyone who would like the position to come forward.”

Jacaranda Festival Committee senior vice-president Gail Harding said the role of town crier was open to any person, of any age, and experience wasn't necessary.

“Mr Bowling has kindly offered to educate the new town crier about their position and responsibilities,” Ms Harding said.

“It would be lovely if we could find someone soon.”

The town crier was an inaugural part of the Jacaranda Festival, Ms Harding said, and it would be disappointing if the tradition of having the new Jacaranda Queen declared by the crier was lost.

“It will be such a shame if we cannot find a new town crier,” she said.

To be a town crier, Mr Bowling said all you needed was a “good voice and excellent projection”.

“As long as your voice carries well so people standing a good distance away will be able to hear you,” he said.

Mr Bowling competed in the 2005 World Town Criers Championships in Maryborough, Queensland, and finished mid–field.

“Some of the outfits the others wore cost more than $3500,” he said.

“They looked magnificent.

“One competitor from Canada brought 27 costumes with him for the competition.”

In his retirement, Mr Bowling is going to enjoy spending time on his Tucabia property with his family and veggie patch.

He described the position of Grafton's town crier as “very prestigious”.

Anyone interested in being Grafton's next town crier should contact festival co-ordinator Libby Pigg on 66423959. 

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