Roma local council celebrates 150 years
ROMA celebrated the 150 year anniversary of its local council this week, and if you ventured into the street you would have been sure to hear David Bowden, the honorary town crier of the event, as he paced with bell in hand.
Mr Bowden patrolled both McDowall and Wyndham Sts this week, performing the role of a traditional town crier by informing passers-by of the upcoming celebratory line-up.
The week of commemorative events was a roaring success, with many locals and visitors turning out to enjoy a number of exhibitions.
On offer was a re-enactment of the first council meeting, historical art shows, morning teas, themed events and a number of tours.
Mr Bowden said he was happy to see the community getting in touch with their history.
“It’s been a lot of fun to get dressed up this week. I got a little embarrassed when I first started off but then you work into it,” he said. “You don’t get up every morning and think ‘hey, I’m going to dress in period costume today’ and think it’s normal.
“But the reception has been great. I expected some people to shy away but everyone has taken it in good faith, with lots of people wanting photos.”
LOOKING BACK: David Bower rings the town crier bell.