Roma lo­cal council cel­e­brates 150 years

Chinchilla News - - BEST OF THE WEST - Sarah Diony­sius

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.

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