John Parsons was instated as Macclesfield’s Town Crier in March 2017.
The role of Town Crier in England goes back to Medieval times when town criers where the means of communication since many people could not read or write. Proclamations, local bylaws, market days, adverts, were all proclaimed by the crier.
These days the town crier makes public announcements, for example about local events, using a bell to attract people’s attention and calling ‘Oyez, oyez, oyez’ before the announcement.
It is traditional for a town crier to dress elaborately and wear a tri-corn hat.
Expect to see Macclesfield’s Town Crier at events such as St George’s Day, Remembrance Day and the Christmas Lights Switch On.