Date is set for new town crier ‘shout off’ event

Trish and Geoff Brocklebank receiving the silver plate from Mayor Keith Dolby in recognition of Mr Brocklebank's 12 years' service as Sleaford Town Crier. Photo: AH EMN-140925-155021001
Trish and Geoff Brocklebank receiving the silver plate from Mayor Keith Dolby in recognition of Mr Brocklebank's 12 years' service as Sleaford Town Crier. Photo: AH EMN-140925-155021001

Sleaford Town Council has recognised Geoff Brocklebank’s 12 years’ service as Town Crier on his retirement.

Mayor of Sleaford Coun Keith Dolby paid tribute to Mr Brocklebank who has decided to step down due to ill health.

He was presented with a silver plate in his honour when he attended the council offices to return his distinctive ‘Bristol Green’ uniform, so coloured to mimic the family colours of the Marquis of Bristol, a long time land owner of the area.

Coun Dolby said: “Geoff has done an excellent job and put the town on the map. He has been conscientious and enthusiastic.”

Mr Brocklebank said it had been a very enjoyable and interesting time as an ambassador of Sleaford while donating his fees to the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity, with which he has been involved as a regional fundraiser for many years.

He said: “The uniform is quite spectacular and very different for a town crier’s uniform. I have met interesting people and been to interesting events. My advice to the new crier is to enjoy it and make it your own.”

He said apparently his ‘Hear yee’ calls could be heard from the opposite end of town, but he insists he is not shouting but projecting his voice, as learned from his Regimental Sergeant Major during his air cadet days. “I never fancied going in for town crier competitions, I didn’t have the time,” he admitted. The council has so far received one applicant to fill Mr Brocklebank’s shoes - and breeches - but welcomes more to contact its offices on Carre Street (Tel: 01529 303456). There will be a competition to choose a new town crier, held at this year’s Sleaford Christmas Market on November 30, with deadline for entries being seven days before.