Big-voiced John takes on his­toric role

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A FOR­MER butcher says he is rel­ish­ing his new role as the Town Crier.

John Par­sons was cho­sen af­ter an ap­peal by Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil.

Since his ap­point­ment two months ago, John’s big voice has been heard bel­low­ing at events in the town cen­tre.

John is a re­tired butcher and now works as a county court clerk.

He said: “It is a great hon­our and priv­i­lege to be ap­pointed as the Mac­cles­field Town Crier.

“Mac­cles­field has a fine and amaz­ing his­tory and I will do my ut­most to pro­mote the town, in both the busi­nesses and tourism, and all the town has to of­fer, and I look for­ward to ap­pear­ing in and around the town and of course pro­mot­ing any of the lo­cal busi­nesses and char­i­ties.”

It isn’t the first time John has played the role of crier. He per­formed the du­ties for Sir Richard Wil­bra­ham of Rode Hall.

Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil re-in­tro­duced the his­toric role into civic life af­ter it was axed many years ago, set­ting aside £2,000 for the cos­tume.

The coun­cil said John ‘wowed’ them with his ‘very en­thu­si­as­tic, clear and pro­fes­sional cries’, dur­ing the in­ter­view process.

John Par­sons is Mac­cles­field’s new Town Crier

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