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"The Town Crier" Town Crier Tip by datapanik

Town Crier, Chester: 2 reviews and 2 photos

  The town crier
by datapanik
  • The town crier - Chester
      The town crier
    by datapanik
  • The town crier - Chester
      The town crier
    by datapanik

Chester is a town so old that there is still a town crier. In a tradition dating back to the 15th century the town crier played an important role in the community by literally shouting out the news of the day. These days however it seems to be a performance played out strictly for the tourists and despite his fine diction and booming delivery the crier actually has very little to say. In fact, once he’s got past greeting all the gathered tourist nationalities in the appropriate manner (e.g. G’day for the Aussies and Willkommen for the Germans) that’s about it! A ten-minute set that’s the same everyday - what a great job! I think this is a golden opportunity to actually tell us something about the forthcoming events, attractions and happenings of Chester. It might be a little harsh to label the town crier a tourist trap but if it wasn't free it wouldn't be far off!

Address: High Cross - Tuesday to Saturday at 12 noon.
Directions: Town Centre

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 26, 2006
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  • Oct 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    I love seeing a Town Crier as I don't see them very often. I think the additions are an excellent idea of yours. Perhaps you could write to the authorities and suggest it, they may not have thought of doing that.


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